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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.


in an apotropaic manner
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Indeed, with his own survival at stake, Harker is ironically thrust into the same position as the nonhumans he has consumed, becoming prey for the unhuman meal and reacting by meat-ing or 'beefing up' his carnivoristic defenses to apotropaically ward off his fear of cannibalism and of being eaten himself.
It does so by dint of the sheer nerve with which that anxiety is apotropaically invoked--not so much whistling past the graveyard as striking up a whole brass band against death.
We may or may not believe that the "meaning" of the drowned man episode is the power of books to protect us, apotropaically, from the traumas of real life.
That loss is being perpetually generated--manifest in the images of what has come and gone on the tides, reaching as far back as '[w]hen the word alone was, and the waters'--seems to indict the inexorable order of nature as a deleterious influence to be apotropaically shunned.