Definition of apotropaism in English:

apotropaism

noun

Anthropology
  • The use of magic or ritual to avert evil influences or bad luck.

Origin

Early 20th century. From ancient Greek ἀποτρόπαιος + -ism. Compare Hellenistic Greek ἀποτροπιασμός, Byzantine Greek ἀποτροπίασμα.

Pronunciation

apotropaism

/ˌapətrəˈpeɪɪz(ə)m/