phylactery

noun phy·lac·tery \ fə-ˈlak-t(ə-)rē \

Definition of phylactery

plural phylacteries
1 :either of two small square leather boxes containing slips inscribed with scriptural passages and traditionally worn on the left arm and on the head by observant Jewish men and especially adherents of Orthodox Judaism during morning weekday prayers
2 :amulet

Examples of phylactery in a Sentence

  1. he wore a small phylactery on a cord around his neck

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Origin and Etymology of phylactery

Middle English philaterie, from Medieval Latin philaterium, alteration of Late Latin phylacterium, from Greek phylaktērion amulet, phylactery, from phylassein to guard, from phylak-, phylax guard

phylactery Synonyms

Synonyms
amulet, fetish (also fetich), mascot, mojo, periapt, charm, talisman
Antonyms
hoodoo, jinx
Related Words
gris-gris (also grigri), juju, philter, toadstone; emblem, symbol, token, totem
Near Antonyms
curse, hex, spell


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