Definitions

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  • n. Plural form of talisman.

Etymologies

Plural of talisman by erroneous analogy with manmen; compare shamen. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I’m a geneticist, not a psychiatrist, but at a guess I’d say that this Quinn of yours has become a kind of talismen—you meditate on her, thus removing yourself from the reality of the tests which you don’t want to face.

    insomnia, part 5

  • Which of the Tory talismen haven't had a hiccup or two along the way?

    Diary

  • The Empire of Villainy, led by Darth Baggins, is merging with the fragile band of weak-minded Banana-eaters, while in possession of a plethora of magic talismen.

    Tallulah Morehead: Survivor: Heroes vs Villains: Banana Wars.

  • Or if the physicians would forbid us to pronounce the words pox, gout, rheumatism, and stone, would that expedient serve like so many talismen to destroy the diseases themselves?

    An Argument against Abolishing Christianity

  • A resident devil who had repaired the fence and hung out the talismen to keep the survivors away, a resident christian who had dug a grave and erected a cross above it.

    Two in Time

  • He made us love good poems with the passion children give to toys which are not merely companions to them but talismen with which to face the world.

    Taught by Jarrell

  • Soprano, skirts to knees, hurdles into a chair, while Baritono deftly seizes the loose ends of the now visible "lover-knots" and holds aloft the precious talismen.

    The Dead Men's Song Being the Story of a Poem and a Reminiscent Sketch of its Author Young Ewing Allison

  • I deliberated for a few seconds, for presently our papers like talismen would exorcise all dangers.

    In the Claws of the German Eagle

  • Old distaff-whorls, armlets, etc., have, in this illogical spirit, been sometimes described as Druidical amulets and talismen; ornamented rings and bosses from the ancient rich Celtic horse-harness, discovered in sepulchral barrows, have been published as

    Archaeological Essays, Vol. 1

  • These talismen had perchance sprung from America at first, and returned to it with unabated force.

    Excursions

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