evil eye


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evil eye

n.
1. A look or stare believed to cause injury or misfortune to others.
2. The presumed power to cause injury or misfortune to others by magic or supernatural means.

evil eye

n
1. (Alternative Belief Systems) a look or glance superstitiously supposed to have the power of inflicting harm or injury
2. (Alternative Belief Systems) the power to inflict harm, etc, by such a look
ˌevil-ˈeyed adj

e′vil eye′


n.
1. a look thought capable of inflicting injury or bad luck on someone.
2. the power, superstitiously attributed to certain persons, of such a look.
[before 1000]
e′vil-eyed′, adj.

evil eye

Also known as overlooking or fascinating this is a worldwide belief in the ability of some people (especially witches) and animals to bring about harm by looking at someone.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.evil eye - a look that is believed to have the power of inflicting harmevil eye - a look that is believed to have the power of inflicting harm
looking, looking at, look - the act of directing the eyes toward something and perceiving it visually; "he went out to have a look"; "his look was fixed on her eyes"; "he gave it a good looking at"; "his camera does his looking for him"

evil eye

noun
An object or power that one uses to cause often evil events:
Slang: whammy.
Translations
mau-olhado

evil eye

n to put the evil eye on sbgettare il malocchio su qn

evil eye

n mal m de ojo
References in classic literature ?
Where there is still a people, there the state is not understood, but hated as the evil eye, and as sin against laws and customs.
It was just after the ballet; and leaders and dancing-girls lost no time in taking their precautions against the evil eye.
And for this reason, as the captain looked with an evil eye on the little foundling, his wife began now to caress it almost equally with her own child.
He would not answer at first, but on learning that I was English, he explained that it was a charm or guard against the evil eye.
Female loveliness, in especial, is more than one-half disenchanted beneath its evil eye.
In addition to all this, there is, in the nature of sovereign power, an impatience of control, that disposes those who are invested with the exercise of it, to look with an evil eye upon all external attempts to restrain or direct its operations.
Dragging it into the north campong the Malay was about to congratulate himself upon the ease with which the theft had been accomplished when one of his fellows declared his intention of going to the house for the purpose of dispatching Professor Maxon, lest the influence of his evil eye should overtake them with some terrible curse when the loss of the chest should be discovered.
He may not have the Evil Eye," Farag's uncle grunted, "but his devil led him too certainly to question my land-title.
Far off, the lofty jet of the whale might be seen, and nearer at hand the prowling shark, that villainous footpad of the seas, would come skulking along, and, at a wary distance, regard us with his evil eye.
Its evil eyes were wriggling on their stalks, its mouth was all alive with appetite, and its vast ungainly claws, smeared with an algal slime, were descending upon me.
Behind him the hairy thing whose evil eyes had been watching his as a cat watches a mouse was creeping stealthily toward him.
I shall eternally see his evil eyes as he threw himself into that well-hole in a vain effort to escape from the consequences of his own misdoing.