Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Of or relating to talismans.
  • adjective Possessing or believed to possess magic power.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Having the character or properties of a talisman; characteristic of a talisman; magical.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Of or pertaining to a talisman; having the properties of a talisman, or preservative against evils by occult influence; magical.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Of, relating to, or like, a talisman.
  • adjective this sense?) Having a magical protective power.

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

  • adjective possessing or believed to possess magic power especially protective power

Etymologies

Sorry, no etymologies found.

Examples

  • 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.

    Archive 2008-09-01

  • To my thinking, the inscriptions must have been of that so-called talismanic kind in which these weak heathen believe.

    Glyn Severn's Schooldays

  • 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.

    Telegraph.co.uk - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

  • One member of his retinue said he views the Spaniard as a "talismanic" figure whose departure would alter his valuation of the club.

    Kenny Huang bid one of many offers for Liverpool, says Martin Broughton

  • Roy Hodgson bemoaned the loss of his "talismanic" defender, who could be absent for up to six weeks.

    Loss of Jamie Carragher adds to Liverpool's list of absent leaders

  • 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 ...

    Alexander Isayevich Solzhenitsyn - RIP

  • 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.

    Balkinization

  • 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.

    Balkinization

  • 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.

    Balkinization

  • Then make a book, but make it what the magicians call a "talismanic" work - somehow beautiful, nicely bound on good paper etc.

    Snell-Pym » First Publishing Rights

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.