evil eye


Definition of evil eye

: an eye or glance held capable of inflicting harm also : a person believed to have such an eye or glance

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The five-eye gold pavé diamond bangles, featuring blue topaz, retail for $40,000 a piece, while the diamond tennis bracelets featuring the evil eye are $18,500 and the solid gold bangles are $10,000. Brittany Talarico, PEOPLE.com, "Blake Lively Wears $224,000 Worth of Diamond Bracelets, Offers to Trade Her Mom for the Jewels," 19 Mar. 2018 Other collections pull from those Art Nouveau letters that dance across shop signs in Budapest, and Greco evil eyes—ancient negative-vibe warding talismans. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "Farm-Fresh Flowers and Lobster Rolls Aplenty: Marlo Laz’s Jeweler Gives Her Guide to Nantucket," 7 Sep. 2018 Embracing an Italian superstition, Mrs. Cancel makes sure the boys have red ribbons tied inside their jerseys to ward off the evil eye. Melanie Grayce West, WSJ, "Longtime Pals on Staten Island Dream Team March to Little League World Series," 21 Aug. 2018 The rings also come in gold, encrusted with gems and symbols like the evil eye or a sunburst. Sarah Nechamkin, The Cut, "David Yurman Is Making Bright, Cheerful Pinkie Rings," 11 July 2018 In a final twist, Hadid sported Stuart Weitzman slip-on mules from her latest collaboration with the brand, which featured the same evil eye symbol Malik has since made his own signature. Maria Ward, Vogue, "Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik Step Out in His and Hers Sunglasses," 30 Jan. 2018 Little wooden fishing boats painted with evil eyes to ward off misfortune still bob in the harbors, and tavernas like beachfront Fokos serve the same simple, delicious dishes. Alexander Lobrano, Town & Country, "The Ultimate Travel Guide to Mykonos, Hydra, and Santorini," 5 June 2017 For Our Lives Activists may find the way it is represented on evil eye gloves to be particularly poetic. Aj Willingham, CNN, "Why you'll see a lot of 'evil eye' gloves at the March For Our Lives," 23 Mar. 2018 Yetemegnu aches to dance, but her mother says that would attract the evil eye. The Economist, "A child bride who longed to dance," 22 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of evil eye

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of evil eye was before the 12th century

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