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An instance or utterance of the cabbalistic word ‘abrasax’, supposed (especially in Gnosticism) to act as a charm. Frequently attributive, especially with reference to inscribing such a charm on a stone.
Mid 18th century. From Hellenistic Greek Ἀβρασάξ, variant of Ἀβράξας abraxas. Compare earlier abraxas.
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