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Examples of talisman in a Sentence
a pendant of white nephrite jade is often worn by Indians as a talisman to ward off heart disease
Recent Examples of talisman from the Web
Don’t even think about suggesting Messi lacks love for his homeland or pride in being the captain and talisman for its national soccer team.
The buzz: The major question hanging over this match is the health of Egyptian talisman Mohamed Salah, who sustained a shoulder injury in last month’s Champions League final.
The news surrounding the two clubs has largely centred on the potential transfer of West Ham talisman Marko Arnautovic, but reports indicate that current talks concern different members of the Red Devils' playing staff.
Its problem in Russia hasn’t been so much on the field as off it where Neymar, the team’s captain and talisman, has been an emotional wreck.
Fans can examine Selznick’s covers for such Potter talismans as Hermione’s time-turner; Harry’s owl, Hedwig; the white doe Patronus; and, Nagini, Voldemort’s snake.
North Americans viewed the raven as a talisman, trickster and deity.
That goal appeared to suck the belief out of Marseille and they were dealt a swift double blow when captain and talisman Payet was forced off with a recurrence of a hamstring injury soon after.
Now Salah is Egypt’s leading scorer among active players and the talisman on a team about to play in its first World Cup in 28 years.
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Did You Know?
Do you believe in lucky charms? Language reflects the fact that many people do. We might have borrowed talisman from French, Spanish, or Italian; all three include similar-looking words for a lucky charm. Those three terms derive from a single Arabic word for a charm, tilsam. Tilsam in turn can be traced to the ancient Greek verb telein, which means "to initiate into the mysteries." While the word talisman, in its strictest use, refers to an object, even a human being can be considered a talisman—such as a player on a team whose mere presence somehow causes magical things to happen.
Origin and Etymology of talisman
TALISMAN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of talisman for English Language Learners
: an object (such as a ring or stone) that is believed to have magic powers and to cause good things to happen to the person who has it
TALISMAN Defined for Kids
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