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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
The former Red Devils talisman is best known for his pivotal role at the Theatre of Dreams under Sir Alex Ferguson, when the side offered attacking and exciting football against all comers.
The evil eye has been around for thousands of years and is worn as a talisman to protect against the curse of the evil eye.
Messi's hamstring strain meant the visitors were without their talisman and after an unconvincing qualifying campaign, Jorge Sampaoli's side have now lost two of their last three games, conceding 10 goals in the process.
Generally, actually wearing the evil eye as a talisman is thought to bring protection against its dangers.
Trump, too, will undoubtedly continue clinging to the economy like a talisman, tweeting about its performance constantly and making outlandish claims about its performance at rallies.
These bottles were also a great talisman of sorts for my recent quest: to find the best private-label wines at three of the country’s biggest chain stores.
In the next two rooms, Soto Climent presents similar talismans in small glass boxes, encased in translucent black nylon or perched on smooth gold shelves.
Soft kiddie toys are cuddly, all-purpose talismans of succor and solace.
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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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