from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A look or stare believed to cause injury or misfortune to others.
- n. The presumed power to cause injury or misfortune to others by magic or supernatural means.
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- n. A wicked look
- n. A curse
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. an eye which inflicts injury by some magical or fascinating influence. It is still believed by the ignorant and superstitious that some persons have the supernatural power of injuring by a look.
- See Evil eye under evil, a.
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- n. a look that is believed to have the power of inflicting harm
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Having an evil eye cleansed at the same time as I executive-produced a reality show—that must have a place in the Guinness Book of Workaholic Records.
“we have not done this for mere fun, 424 but only as a device to ward off the evil eye from thee; for when the tirewomen and singers and wedding guests saw they beauty being displayed to me, they feared fascination and they father hired the horse-groom for ten dinars and a porringer of meat to take the evil eye off us; and now he hath received his hire and gone his gait.”
At this time he had hardly enough to live on discreetly, and he began to look with evil eye on this endless procession of holy grasshoppers (locuste) who ravaged his larder.
What she did not see with an evil eye she looked upon with one of ridicule, and her friend Margency was not excepted.
For such a prince to come into even the empty name of power was to become subject to the evil eye of his fraternal lord and rival, for whose favor officious friends and superserviceable lackeys contended in scandalous and treacherous spyings of the Second King's every action.
"My gan sun, old Ah Fu, knew Hag Struan well and every time you'd mention her, Ah Fu's eyes'd turn up and she'd petition the gods to protect her from the evil eye and magic teeth.
This usually made me late getting back to class, but I didn’t care, even though Sister Regina Miriam gave me the evil eye as I walked to my desk.
Then I asked her, ‘What of thee?’ and she answered, ‘It is now four years since there appeared to me the Manifest Truth, and He is the Relator and the Ally, and the Uniter and the Sitter-by; whereupon my folk looked askance upon me with an evil eye and taxed me with insanity and suspected me of depravity, and there came not in to me doctor but terrified me, nor visitor but confounded me.’
For the rule of privacy the popular belief in the evil eye and all kinds of sinister spells is responsible.