from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Intended to ward off evil: an apotropaic symbol.
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- adj. Intended to ward off evil.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Possessing the property of an apotropaion; having the reputed power of averting evil influences.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. having the power to prevent evil or bad luck
From Greek apotropaios, from apotrepein, to ward off : apo-, apo- + trepein, to turn; see trep- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek ἀποτρόπαιος (apotropaios), from ἀποτρέπω. (Wiktionary)