Definitions

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

  • adj. Of or relating to talismans: talismanic formulas.
  • adj. Possessing or believed to possess magic power: a talismanic amulet.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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

  • adj. possessing or believed to possess magic power especially protective power

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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

  • 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

  • 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

  • This information gap, I fear, will lead most mainstream reporters to simply parrot the administration's portrayal of GNEP as some kind of talismanic cure-all, at least from now until President Bush seals the deal by shaking Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's hand at the White House on Friday (April 27).

    Alex Raksin: The Spin Over the "Joint Nuclear Energy Action Plan"

  • The other thing was that they had decided for curious kind of talismanic reasons, as I was told today by one of the officials who attended the execution, that they wanted this done in the year 2006.

    CNN Transcript Jan 3, 2007

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