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