American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An object marked with magic signs and believed to confer on its bearer supernatural powers or protection.
- n. Something that apparently has magic power.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A supposed charm consisting of a magical figure cut or engraved under certain superstitious observances of the configuration of the heavens; the seal, figure, character, or image of a heavenly sign, constellation, or planet engraved on a sympathetic stone, or on a metal corresponding to the star, in order to receive its influence. The word is also used in a wider sense and as equivalent to amulet. The talisman is supposed to exercise extraordinary influences over the bearer, especially in averting evils, as disease or sudden death.
- n. Figuratively, any means to the attainment of extraordinary results; a charm.
- n. Synonyms See amulet, and definition of phylactery.
- n. A Mohammedan priest.
- n. A magical object worn for protection against ill will, or the supernatural, or to confer the wearer with a boon such as good luck, good health, or power(s).
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A magical figure cut or engraved under certain superstitious observances of the configuration of the heavens, to which wonderful effects are ascribed; the seal, figure, character, or image, of a heavenly sign, constellation, or planet, engraved on a sympathetic stone, or on a metal corresponding to the star, in order to receive its influence.
- n. Hence, something that produces extraordinary effects, esp. in averting or repelling evil; an amulet; a charm.
- n. a trinket or piece of jewelry usually hung about the neck and thought to be a magical protection against evil or disease
- French talisman partly from Arabic طلسم (ṭílasm), from Ancient Greek τέλεσμα (telesma, "payment"); and partly directly from Byzantine Greek τέλεσμα ("talisman, religious rite, completion"), from τελέω ("to perform religious rites, to complete"), from τέλος ("end, fulfillment, accomplishment, consummation, completion"). (Wiktionary)
- French talisman or Spanish talismán or Italian talismano, all from Arabic ṭilasm, from Late Greek telesma, from Greek, consecration ceremony, from telein, to consecrate, fulfill, from telos, result. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The alien talisman is now in the possession of the Gorgon and her evil nuns, and they are preparing to open the portal to their world.”
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“Known as nazar, the evil eye talisman is particularly common in Turkey.”
“So he summoned on it the doctors and astrologers and men skilled in talisman-writing and said to them, Whoso healeth my daughter of what ill she hath, I will marry him to her and give him half of my kingdom; but whoso cometh to her and cureth her not,”
“Lovelace has a bit of plastic around his neck, which he insists is a talisman from the mystic beings, and charges individual penguins one pebble for an answer to any question they may have for him.”
“In its widest sense, the word talisman is synonymous with amulet.”
“In the minds of most persons the terms talisman, amulet, and charm are synonymous.”
“My talisman is a silver ring that I've had for several years.”
“Budur saw the talisman she cried out for joy and slipped down in a swoon; and when she recovered she said to herself, “Verily, this talisman was the cause of my separation from my beloved Kamar al-Zaman; but now it is an omen of good.””
“The young sceptic went up to this so-called talisman, which was to rescue him from all points of view, and he soon found out the cause of its singular brilliancy.”
“For Dalton Silverthorne, his talisman is a combat infantry badge from a soldier who had been here before.”
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