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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
Brentford talisman Jota has also been identified by Derby as a potential recruit as the club prepares to rebuild their squad with the sudden influx of money.
Back in 2000, McCain scratched that itch for anyone like me who enjoyed pretending to be politically independent, and who happily latched onto McCain as a talisman of that independence.
Gris gris were brought with slaves to the New World, including what's now Louisiana, via Haiti, and transitioned into voodoo talismans.
While some Internet users have leaned into other elements of superstition by tweeting out photos of their black cats, others have taken a proactive approach to combating bad luck by showing talismans like four-leaf clovers.
The role of Gilda has long been a talisman for major lyric coloratura sopranos at Lyric.
Meanwhile, Wales' World Cup hopes were dealt a considerable blow with the news talisman Gareth Bale would miss the final two qualifiers through injury.
But whereas his forebears carried whiteness like an ancestral talisman, Trump cracked the glowing amulet open, releasing its eldritch energies.
As the parallel stories unpack these two’s respective pasts, talismans of memory seem to uncannily connect them: Venus flytraps, the smell of a certain perfume, replica lighthouses that both keep as protective charms.
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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
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