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tal·is·man

 (tăl′ĭs-mən, -ĭz-)
n. pl. tal·is·mans
1. An object marked with magic signs and believed to confer on its bearer supernatural powers or protection.
2. Something that apparently has magic power.

[Ultimately (probably via French talisman) from alteration of Arabic ṭilasmāt, pl. of ṭilasm, talisman, from Late Greek telesma, from Greek telein, to fulfill, consecrate, endow with magic power, from telos, result; see kwel- in Indo-European roots.]

talisman

(ˈtælɪzmən)
n, pl -mans
1. (Alternative Belief Systems) a stone or other small object, usually inscribed or carved, believed to protect the wearer from evil influences
2. (Alternative Belief Systems) anything thought to have magical or protective powers
[C17: via French or Spanish from Arabic tilsam, from Medieval Greek telesma ritual, from Greek: consecration, from telein to perform a rite, complete, from telos end, result]
talismanic, talismanical adj

tal•is•man

(ˈtæl ɪs mən, -ɪz-)

n., pl. -mans.
1. an object engraved with figures supposed to possess occult powers, worn as a charm.
2. anything that exercises a powerful influence.
[1630–40; < French or Sp « Arabic ṭilasm < Greek télesma payment]
tal`is•man′ic (-ˈmæn ɪk) adj.

talisman

An amulet engraved with characters that attract occult influences, often used to perform a specific act, such as healing. They bring good luck and avert danger. Unlike an amulet (which is passive) a talisman must be waved, kissed, touched or used in some similar way.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.talisman - a trinket or piece of jewelry usually hung about the neck and thought to be a magical protection against evil or diseasetalisman - a trinket or piece of jewelry usually hung about the neck and thought to be a magical protection against evil or disease
good luck charm, charm - something believed to bring good luck
greegree, gres-gris, grigri - an African amulet

talisman

noun charm, mascot, amulet, lucky charm, fetish, juju, periapt (rare) a talisman with protective powers

talisman

noun
A small object worn or kept for its supposed magical power:
Translations
طلسمطَلْسَم، تَعْويذَه
talisman
amulettalisman
talisman
talizmán
verndargripur
talismans
talizman

talisman

[ˈtælɪzmən] N (talismans (pl)) → talismán m

talisman

[ˈtælɪzmən] ntalisman m

talisman

n pl <-s> → Talisman m

talisman

[ˈtælɪzmən] ntalismano

talisman

(ˈtӕlizmən) , ((American) -lis-) noun
an object which is supposed to have magic powers to protect its owner; a charm. He had a rabbit's foot which he wore round his neck as a talisman.
References in classic literature ?
said Annie with a funny look, as Meg slipped the note into her pocket as a sort of talisman against envy, vanity, and false pride, for the few loving words had done her good, and the flowers cheered her up by their beauty.
The maiden lady arose upon her feet, as pale as a ghost at cock-crow; for she was an enslaved spirit, and this the talisman to which she owed obedience.
Though by no means less liable than their fellow-men to age and infirmity, they had evidently some talisman or other that kept death at bay.
For it was set apart and sanctified to one awe-striking end; and however wanton in their sailor ways, one and all, the mariners revered it as the white whale's talisman.
Here is a talisman will remove all difficulties;' and she held out a pretty gold ring.
Dress was the one unfailing talisman and charm used for keeping all things in their places.
We look upon woman only to gratify the lust of the eye, and to take pleasure in what men call her beauty; and the Ancient Enemy, the devouring Lion, obtains power over us, to complete, by talisman and spell, a work which was begun by idleness and folly.
Every tenth day, for five and twenty years, I have received a visit from him, but in case I should need his help at any other time, I have only to touch a talisman that stands at the entrance of my chamber.
She therefore sent the Prince a large and splendid ruby, with injunctions to wear it night and day as it would protect him from all attacks, but added that the talisman only retained its power as long as the Prince remained within his father's dominions.
Courage and perseverance have a magical talisman, before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish into air.
My assistant and I are of no country, we belong to all Barsoom and this talisman which we wear protects us in all lands, even among the green men--though we do not trust ourselves to their hands if we can avoid it," he added.
Master Richard himself, thought the groom, was not in his ordinary; for in truth, he carried the hand-bag like a talisman, and either stood listless, or set off suddenly walking in one direction after another with brisk, decisive footsteps.