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ap·o·tro·pa·ic

 (ăp′ə-trō-pā′ĭk)
adj.
Intended to ward off evil: an apotropaic symbol.

[From Greek apotropaios, from apotrepein, to ward off : apo-, apo- + trepein, to turn; see trep- in Indo-European roots.]

ap′o·tro·pa′i·cal·ly adv.
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apotropaic

(ˌæpəʊtrəˈpeɪɪk)
adj
preventing or intended to prevent evil
[C19: from Greek apotropaios turning away (evil), from apotrepein; see apo-, trope]
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ap•o•tro•pa•ic

(ˌæp ə trəˈpeɪ ɪk)

adj.
intended to ward off evil.
[1880–85; < Greek apotrópai(os) averting evil (see apo-, trope) + -ic]
ap`o•tro•pa′i•cal•ly, adv.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.apotropaic - having the power to prevent evil or bad luckapotropaic - having the power to prevent evil or bad luck
lucky - having or bringing good fortune; "my lucky day"; "a lucky man"
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