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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-1 in the Appendix of 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 ?
Its mystic imagery are so many talismans and gems inscribed with unknown hieroglyphics; she folds them in her bosom, and expects to read them when she passes beyond the veil.
Like talismans they whisked one away to strange lands, across vast distances of space imagination refused to span.
It was a jumble of tavern and curiosity-shop; and though there was nothing there remotely suggesting the cult of the Monkey, it is, of course, possible that some of its images or talismans were in such a place.
He noticed, at the lintels of the door, some rabbits' tails and zebras' manes, suspended as talismans.
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.