Definition of talisman in US English:

talisman

noun

  • An object, typically an inscribed ring or stone, that is thought to have magic powers and to bring good luck.

    • ‘To defend themselves, people turned to the usual battery of magical charms and talismans.’
    • ‘The psychological aspects of healing through the use of rituals, prayers, charms and talismans represent another aspect of traditional herbal shamanism.’
    • ‘A section on healing focused on charms, talismans and rituals of herbal medicine.’
    • ‘Making a face, Ethan dug into his jacket pockets, producing an astounding array of charms, talismans, herbs, and potions in corked test-tubes.’
    • ‘The shop Goya on Calle Jimenez sells toad talismans, owl feathers, stone amulets, candles, gems, and soaps.’
    • ‘I wouldn't say that I performed any rituals, per se, but I was on the lookout for talismans, good luck charms - I was big on minerals, and took to wearing jewelry.’
    • ‘Animal figures are talismans that endow the wearer with the animal's power and prowess.’
    • ‘He appeared before Portsmouth Magistrates yesterday dressed in a green robe, blue cloak and with talismans around his neck.’
    • ‘Dressed in purple robes, he cast a spell invoking the elements of earth, air, water and fire and threw a talisman into the murky loch.’
    • ‘Tattooed crosses, icons and parts of the Sacred Land are all talismans and amulets which are treasured with respect.’
    • ‘Songstones were placed along the borders of the villages of the songweavers, and their strange powers made them effective talismans for warding off danger.’
    • ‘The Danes have left Wessex, and have set up in Lundenwic, and have sworn on their most sacred talismans to leave us.’
    • ‘While on his quest for the 12 talismans, Jackie discovers that each one has unique mystical powers, which are bestowed upon its holder.’
    • ‘Poppies and fruit are indeterminate symbols with a practical purpose, mysterious talismans with the power to ward off subsequent suffering.’
    • ‘Lucky charms, amulets, and talismans have been found in virtually all civilizations throughout recorded history.’
    • ‘Members of the Banu Sa'd al-Din, a prominent Sufi family in Damascus, made talismans and charms which could reportedly heal the sick and cure the insane.’
    • ‘The door was shut and sealed with charms and talismans to keep away evil spirits or in this case, those who might want to steal the elemental gem inside.’
    • ‘Everything from pentacles and talismans to cloaks and incense can be found here at very reasonable prices!’
    • ‘The book is a magical talisman, and it remains to be seen whether the luck it brings is good or bad.’
    • ‘And there was to end of talismans, charms and spells that could be purchased from the local wise woman or apothecary.’
    lucky charm, charm, fetish, amulet, mascot, totem, idol, juju, phylactery
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Origin

Mid 17th century: based on Arabic ṭilsam, apparently from an alteration of late Greek telesma ‘completion, religious rite’, from telein ‘complete, perform a rite’, from telos ‘result, end’.

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