sigil

noun
sig·​il | \ˈsi-jil \

Definition of sigil 

1 : seal, signet

2 : a sign, word, or device held to have occult power in astrology or magic

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As Armenian symbolic anthropologist Levon Abrahamian explains, sigils on ancient figurines illustrate that people from the region revered the image of the tree long before the crystallization of a coherent Armenian national identity. Ryan P. Smith, Smithsonian, "Armenia’s “Tree of Life” Tradition Took Root Thousands of Years Ago, and Has Only Grown Since," 12 July 2018 Krakow shushed everybody from the stage and introduced the group, then directed everyone's attention to a jagged geometric sigil on a poster-size sheet of paper hanging on the wall behind Criss. Aimee Levitt, Chicago Reader, "Archive Dive / Music Remembering Glenn Branca, or at least his sound," 16 May 2018 The Democrats and Beltway media elites are back at it, driven to skin Trump alive, either through impeachment or just to hold the flayed man aloft as their sigil for the 2018 elections. John Kass, Twin Cities, "John Kass: Will flaying Trump bring us to normalcy?," 1 June 2017 The Democrats and Beltway media elites are back at it, driven to skin Trump alive, either through impeachment or just to hold the flayed man aloft as their sigil for the 2018 elections. John Kass, Twin Cities, "John Kass: Will flaying Trump bring us to normalcy?," 1 June 2017 There's also a teaser, featuring audio from past seasons and scary stone renditions of the various house sigils clashing and then crumbling, followed by a close-up of a White Walker's eye. Eliza Thompson, Cosmopolitan, "[UPDATED] 160,000 People Watched Ice Melt to Reveal the Game of Thrones Season 7 Premiere Date," 9 Mar. 2017 There's also a teaser, featuring audio from past seasons and scary stone renditions of the various house sigils clashing and then crumbling, followed by a close-up of a White Walker's eye. Eliza Thompson, Seventeen, "160,000 People Watched Ice Melt to Reveal the "Game of Thrones" Season 7 Premiere Date," 9 Mar. 2017 The Democrats and Beltway media elites are back at it, driven to skin Trump alive, either through impeachment or just to hold the flayed man aloft as their sigil for the 2018 elections. John Kass, Twin Cities, "John Kass: Will flaying Trump bring us to normalcy?," 1 June 2017 The Democrats and Beltway media elites are back at it, driven to skin Trump alive, either through impeachment or just to hold the flayed man aloft as their sigil for the 2018 elections. John Kass, Twin Cities, "John Kass: Will flaying Trump bring us to normalcy?," 1 June 2017

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First Known Use of sigil

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for sigil

Middle English sigulle, from Latin sigillum — more at seal

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