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Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An object worn, especially around the neck, as a charm against evil or injury.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A kind of protective charm or ornament, often bearing magical symbols, worn for protection against ill will, negative influences, evil spirits &/or the supernatural.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An ornament, gem, or scroll, or a package containing a relic, etc., worn as a charm or preservative against evils or mischief, such as diseases and witchcraft, and generally inscribed with mystic forms or characters. [Also used figuratively.]

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Some object superstitiously worn as a remedy for or preservative against disease, bad luck, accidents, witchcraft, etc.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a trinket or piece of jewelry usually hung about the neck and thought to be a magical protection against evil or disease

Etymologies

Latin amulētum.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French amulette, from Latin amuletum (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Satisfactorily to explain the derivation of the English word "amulet" has taxed the ingenuity of etymologists, and its origin is admittedly obscure.

    Primitive Psycho-Therapy and Quackery

  • An amulet from the eponymous, dreadful Plateau no doubt.

    The Amulet of Leng!

  • If retrieving a piece of the amulet is in jeopardy, then, and ONLY then, do I change to Black Adam.

    Black Adam: The Dark Age #3 (of 6) | Major Spoilers - Comic Book Reviews and News

  • The word amulet has appeared in eight Times articles over the past year, including on June 11, 2010 in

    NYT > Home Page

  • Unarmed and injured, Locke must have thought that giving him the amulet was a worthy last resort.

    The Ark

  • “My director called me into his office and told me that he had been asked by the British Museum to question my professional conduct because they were convinced that the amulet was a modern hoax.”

    More on the Fake Christian Amulet

  • The watcher would be able to see what she did and hear what she said but if the amulet seemed to be an old possession, it would not tell the Sidhe the amulet was a "caller."

    Ill Met By Moonlight

  • In the center of the amulet was the Coptic cross, complete with the flower weave just like the one in the museum.

    The Welkening

  • About six inches in diameter, the amulet was a golden heart-shaped scarab, a dung beetle that, the sign said, ancient Egyptians used to symbolize rebirth.

    The Welkening

  • The amulet was a talisman, believed by the Olmec to bring on visions of the future that only the ordained high priests of their tribe could see.

    Time Trial

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  • Amulet
    Map Test
    Patricia Peoplez

    November 5, 2012

  • "I am posting an example of how to post the vocab word amulet for my class" (Book Title, pg. 17).

    October 24, 2012

  • From Ranger's Apprentice
    David Du

    The amulet which use to belong to the knight is lost for years.

    October 24, 2012