pen·​ta·​gram ˈpen-tə-ˌgram How to pronounce pentagram (audio)
: a figure of a 5-pointed star usually made with alternate points connected by a continuous line and used as a magic or occult symbol
also : a similar 6-pointed star (such as a Solomon's seal)

Examples of pentagram in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The claim: Images show evidence of 'satanism in public schools' An Aug. 22 Facebook video (direct link, archive link) shows a person talking alongside images of schoolchildren wearing horns and sitting around a pentagram. Chris Mueller, USA TODAY, 7 Sep. 2023 At the center of the store sits a giant autographed pentagram that was once used as a tour and album cover prop by the '70s-'80s punk band Plasmatics. Endia Fontanez, The Arizona Republic, 22 Aug. 2023 The reason this transit is called a Star Point is because the Planet of Love is meeting the Sun at the very top of this pentagram shape. Elizabeth Gulino,, 13 Aug. 2023 The suit was filed in the Eastern District of New York and lists four complaints regarding the sneakers, which are black with red details, a pentagram charm on the laces and a reference to Bible verse Luke 10:18 describing Satan falling like lightning from heaven. Los Angeles Times, 29 Mar. 2021 The flyers, thrown onto lawns and decorated with a star of David and a red pentagram (a reference to Satanism), appeared identical to those left in North Side neighborhoods in October, in Austin and Hays County in November and in Florida, California, Alabama, Colorado and other states. Bruce Selcraig, San Antonio Express-News, 7 Feb. 2022 Some of my accessories have illustrations of cats, knives, spiders, skulls, moons, and pentagrams, to name a few. Monique Brown,, 22 Mar. 2023 And a cult has been leaving shambolic traces around town (candles, entrails, pentagrams), its members somehow not having gotten the memo that the hippie thing is finished, done for, kaput. Lisa Wells, Harper’s Magazine , 13 Mar. 2023 Or a garnish in the shape of a pentagram? Jason O'Bryan, Robb Report, 14 Apr. 2022

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Word History


Greek pentagrammon, from penta- + -grammon (akin to gramma letter) — more at gram

First Known Use

1825, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pentagram was in 1825

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“Pentagram.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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