One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An ornament or small piece of jewelry thought to give protection against evil, danger, or disease.
lucky charm, charm, talisman, fetish, mascot, totem, idol, juju, phylacteryView synonyms
- ‘It is thought to be an amulet invoking the protection of the god Woden.’
- ‘Ornaments such as pendants, bead necklaces, and amulets are also known.’
- ‘Taboos are observed, and charms and amulets are used for protection.’
- ‘Lucky charms, amulets, and talismans have been found in virtually all civilizations throughout recorded history.’
- ‘Wrestlers wore amulets to ward off evil spirits and black magic from their opponents.’
- ‘It is common to wear an amulet or a charm as protection against its powers.’
- ‘Infants and small children often wear amulets and bracelets to protect them from supernatural forces.’
- ‘As she left in her borrowed car I smiled knowing my amulet would protect her until she took it off.’
- ‘It had no color, just a jewel my mother gave me but when I put the amulet around her neck she disappeared.’
- ‘You may have spotted the little stalls on the street, which sell ‘strange’ red and white woollen bracelets, puppets and amulets.’
- ‘Her name and image are to be found on magical rings and amulets.’
- ‘It was rather plain, except for a small amulet which hung from the metallic necklace.’
- ‘The necklace that I gave you is an amulet with the power to travel through time.’
- ‘She took off an array of necklaces, charms, and amulets from her neck and began to rummage through them.’
- ‘Sorcery was illegal, but there was widespread belief in its efficacy, for good or evil - amulets were worn to counteract it.’
- ‘Cat figures also appeared on jewelry and amulets worn for the same purpose.’
- ‘She shoved past a merchant selling amulets to ward against evil entities and demonic sprites.’
- ‘Cameos and intaglios were often mounted as rings, worn as amulets or brooches, and sometimes even mounted on elaborate Gospel book covers or reliquaries.’
- ‘Various Buddhist protection beads and amulets hang from the rearview mirror.’
- ‘You know some of those are amulets for your protection!’
Late 16th century: from Latin amuletum, of unknown origin.
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