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  • n. Plural form of charact.


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  • This latter class are sometimes called "characts," as an example of which may be mentioned the Jewish phylacteries.

    Bygone Beliefs

  • Now among the precious stones was a round amulet of the handi-work of the masters,290 weighing half a pound: it was red of the brightest, a carnelian on both whose sides were graven characts and characters, like the tracks of ants; but I knew not its worth.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Ala al-Din and his wife Zubaydah, the lutist, saying, “I conjure thee by the virtue of the names and talismans and characts engraver on this jewel, rise up with us, O Couch!”

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • They walked on inland, till they were far enough from the ship to be out of sight, when Bahram sat down and taking from his pocket a kettle-drum30 of copper and a silken strap, worked in gold with characts, beat the drum with the strap, until there arose a cloud of dust from the further side of the waste.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Allah; and, when the skiff came up to me, I saw therein a man of brass with a tablet of lead on his breast inscribed with talismans and characts; and I embarked without uttering a word.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Then I fell asleep under the dome, and heard in my dream a mysterious Voice262 saying, O son of Khazib! when thou wakest from thy sleep dig under thy feet and thou shalt find a bow of brass and three leaden arrows, inscribed with talismans and characts.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Quoth Abu al-Hasan: "On condition that thou swear to me by the characts on the seal of Solomon, David's son (on the twain be the peace!) that thou wilt not suffer thine Ifrits to make fun of me."

    Tehran Winter

  • E.W. Lane, in "Modern Egyptians," says that the composition of these characts is founded chiefly upon magic, and devolves usually upon the village schoolmasters.

    Primitive Psycho-Therapy and Quackery

  • A book of such charms, of that era, taken from the pocket of a moss-trooper or bog-trotter, contained among other things a recipe for the cure of intermittent fever by certain barbarous characts.

    Primitive Psycho-Therapy and Quackery

  • Then he walked on a few steps farther beside the river, till he came upon two little boys of the sons of the sorcerers, before whom lay a rod of copper graven with talismans, and beside it a skull-cap [FN#162] of leather, made of three gores and wroughten in steel with names and characts.

    Arabian nights. English


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