American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Of or relating to talismans: talismanic formulas.
- adj. Possessing or believed to possess magic power: a talismanic amulet.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having the character or properties of a talisman; characteristic of a talisman; magical.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Of or pertaining to a talisman; having the properties of a talisman, or preservative against evils by occult influence; magical.
- adj. possessing or believed to possess magic power especially protective power
“Inspired by the complex numerical relationships identified in talismanic objects or tables the Iranian artist Yahya Fiuzi creates art by interpreting the numbers as colours.”
“To my thinking, the inscriptions must have been of that so-called talismanic kind in which these weak heathen believe.”
“And I enjoy being a so-called talismanic figure - I love being involved and trying to make things happen for others - but more than one man is going to have to play well if we are going to beat England.”
“One member of his retinue said he views the Spaniard as a "talismanic" figure whose departure would alter his valuation of the club.”
“Roy Hodgson bemoaned the loss of his "talismanic" defender, who could be absent for up to six weeks.”
“That evening, only a few hours ago, the officers of his staff regarded him as a kind of talismanic idol; by midnight he had become a millstone around their necks, a mere lump of carved stone ...”
“Then make a book, but make it what the magicians call a "talismanic" work - somehow beautiful, nicely bound on good paper etc.”
“A. Charles at 6: 43 seems to believe that invocation of the words "Unitary Executive Theory" works some kind of talismanic magic juju that obviates the need to actually reason out a position.”
“This information gap, I fear, will lead most mainstream reporters to simply parrot the administration's portrayal of GNEP as some kind of talismanic cure-all, at least from now until President Bush seals the deal by shaking Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's hand at the White House on Friday (April 27).”
“The other thing was that they had decided for curious kind of talismanic reasons, as I was told today by one of the officials who attended the execution, that they wanted this done in the year 2006.”
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