Definition of Phylactery

1. Noun. (Judaism) either of two small leather cases containing texts from the Hebrew Scriptures (known collectively as tefillin); traditionally worn (on the forehead and the left arm) by Jewish men during morning prayer.

Exact synonyms: Tefillin
Category relationships: Judaism
Generic synonyms: Reminder



Definition of Phylactery

1. n. Any charm or amulet worn as a preservative from danger or disease.

Definition of Phylactery

1. Noun. (Judaism) Either of the two small leather cases, containing biblical scrolls, worn by Jewish men at morning prayer; the tefilla. ¹

2. Noun. Any small object worn for its magical or supernatural power; an amulet or charm. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Phylactery

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Medical Definition of Phylactery

1. Origin: OE. Filateri, OF. Filatire, filatiere, F. Phylactere, L. Phylacterium, Gr, fr. A watcher, guard, to watch, guard. Cf. Philatory. 1. Any charm or amulet worn as a preservative from danger or disease. 2. A small square box, made either of parchment or of black calfskin, containing slips of parchment or vellum on which are written the scriptural passages Exodus xiii. 2-10, and 11-17, Deut. Vi. 4-9, 13-22. They are worn by Jews on the head and left arm, on week-day mornings, during the time of prayer. 3. Among the primitive Christians, a case in which the relics of the dead were inclosed. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Phylactery

phycophaeine
phycophyte
phycophytes
phycoplast
phycoplasts
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phycourobilin
phycourobilins
phygogalactic
phyla
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phylacter
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phylacteries
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phylactery (current term)
phylactocarp
phylactocarps
phylactolaemata
phylactolaematous
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Literary usage of Phylactery

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1. A Dictionary of the Bible: Dealing with Its Language, Literature, and by Samuel Rolles Driver, James Hastings, John Alexander Selbie (1900)
"Its position is the inner side of the left arm, which must be bare, just above the elbow, so that, when the arm is bent the phylactery may rest ' upon the ..."

2. Men and Times of the Revolution: Or, Memoirs of Elkanah Watson, Includng by Elkanah Watson (1856)
"Hull—Letters from him—Letter from Robert Fulton—Patriotic Ei- tract—Jewish phylactery—Letter to Dr. Williamson—Return to Albany—Testimonials of ..."

3. The American Cyclopaedia: A Popular Dictionary of General Knowledge by George Ripley, Charles Anderson Dana (1883)
"Among the early Christians, a phylactery was often used as an amulet, я practice forbidden by the council of Laodicea. ..."

4. A Catalogue Raisonné of the Works of the Most Eminent Dutch, Flemish, and by John Smith (1836)
"A Bust Portrait of a Jewish Priest, with a large beard, and having on the phylactery. His dress chiefly consists of a ..."

5. A Dictionary of Christian Antiquities: Comprising the History, Institutions by William Smith, Samuel Cheetham (1880)
"with a phylactery in his hand inscribed with his memorable confession (St. -Matt. xvi. 16). Iu the same mosaic St. Paul appears standing by the seated ..."

6. Cyclopaedia of Biblical, Theological, and Ecclesiastical Literature by John McClintock, James Strong (1883)
"... Matt, xxiii, 5) refers not so much to the phylactery itself, which seems to have been of a prescribed breadth, as to the case (U2"Sp) in which the ..."

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