Definition of athame in English:

athame

noun

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

    • ‘Another area where magical activity can fall foul of the law is the carrying of ritual knives and swords, for example the athame.’
    • ‘He took the athame and plunged it into her stomach.’
    • ‘She turned away from the ancient athame that she had been studying to watch the Lord Protector approach.’
    • ‘Whatever the athame was used for is of a magnitude I could not venture to imagine.’
    • ‘Balthazar waved his hand and an athame appeared in it.’
    • ‘The tool I most often carry with me to group rituals is a knife, what most people would call an athame.’
    • ‘Jordan yelled as she ducked to avoid an athame that was thrown at her.’
    • ‘From that point on I pretty much put down my wand and athame and refused to do any more spells.’
    • ‘She raised her athame once more with a shaking hand.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Many brought their own chalices, athames and swords so that the altar represented each of us.’
    • ‘Check in your state to find out if athames are legal.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He opened it up and found several different evil looking things; athames, black books, swords, potion ingredients.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Her silver athame, with Celtic runes in the handle was laid to the right on the altar.’
    • ‘She held an athame in her hand, which was what she used to kill the defenseless animal.’

Origin

1930s: of unknown origin.

Pronunciation

athame

/əˈθɑːmeɪ//əˈθeɪmi/