apotropaism

apotropaism

(ˌæpəʊtrəˈpeɪɪzəm)
n
the use of ritual or magic to ward off evil or bad luck
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apotropaism

the acting out of magic rites or the recital of incantatory formulas to ward off evil. — apotropaic, adj.
See also: Magic
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