Definition of athame in English:

athame

noun

  • A black-handled, double-edged ritual knife used in modern witchcraft.

    • ‘Many brought their own chalices, athames and swords so that the altar represented each of us.’
    • ‘One athame looked much like a switch-blade, with a nice silver blade and a red handle that she grasped tightly in her right hand, bringing it across her chest in a swift movement.’
    • ‘Check in your state to find out if athames are legal.’
    • ‘She turned away from the ancient athame that she had been studying to watch the Lord Protector approach.’
    • ‘He felt his pocket and felt the athame he had stolen from Martix.’
    • ‘I have poured over images of athames in catalogs, and peered through the glass at shops, scrutinizing the handle, the shape of the blade, the sheath, only to feel that it just doesn't fit.’
    • ‘Jordan yelled as she ducked to avoid an athame that was thrown at her.’
    • ‘He opened it up and found several different evil looking things; athames, black books, swords, potion ingredients.’
    • ‘She held an athame in her hand, which was what she used to kill the defenseless animal.’
    • ‘The tool I most often carry with me to group rituals is a knife, what most people would call an athame.’
    • ‘Many Wiccans, teens especially, don't have athames, cauldrons, wands… but use substitutes.’
    • ‘You don't need candles, an athame, and a herbal garden to be a Wiccan.’
    • ‘And we witches and warlocks must always have our athames with us.’
    • ‘She raised her athame once more with a shaking hand.’
    • ‘From that point on I pretty much put down my wand and athame and refused to do any more spells.’
    • ‘Balthazar waved his hand and an athame appeared in it.’
    • ‘Another area where magical activity can fall foul of the law is the carrying of ritual knives and swords, for example the athame.’
    • ‘Her silver athame, with Celtic runes in the handle was laid to the right on the altar.’
    • ‘Whatever the athame was used for is of a magnitude I could not venture to imagine.’
    • ‘He took the athame and plunged it into her stomach.’

Origin

1930s: of unknown origin.

Pronunciation

athame

/əˈθɑːmeɪ//əˈθeɪmi/