Definition of Talisman

1. Noun. A trinket or piece of jewelry usually hung about the neck and thought to be a magical protection against evil or disease.

Exact synonyms: Amulet
Generic synonyms: Charm, Good Luck Charm
Specialized synonyms: Greegree, Gres-gris, Grigri
Derivative terms: Talismanic



Definition of Talisman

1. n. A magical figure cut or engraved under certain superstitious observances of the configuration of the heavens, to which wonderful effects are ascribed; the seal, figure, character, or image, of a heavenly sign, constellation, or planet, engraved on a sympathetic stone, or on a metal corresponding to the star, in order to receive its influence.

Definition of Talisman

1. Noun. A magical object worn for protection against ill will, or the supernatural, or to confer the wearer with a boon such as good luck, good health, or power(s). ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Talisman

1. an object believed to possess magical powers [n -S]

Medical Definition of Talisman

1. Origin: Sp, from Ar. Tilism, tilsam, a magical image, pl. Tilsaman, fr. Gr. Tribute, tax, LGr, an initiation, incantation, from to complete, perform, to play taxes, to make perfect, to initiate, especially in the mysteries, fr. Completion, end. 1. A magical figure cut or engraved under certain superstitious observances of the configuration of the heavens, to which wonderful effects are ascribed; the seal, figure, character, or image, of a heavenly sign, constellation, or planet, engraved on a sympathetic stone, or on a metal corresponding to the star, in order to receive its influence. 2. Hence, something that produces extraordinary effects, especially. In averting or repelling evil; an amulet; a charm; as, a talisman to avert diseases. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Talisman

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talipes plantaris
talipes planus
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talipes transversoplanus
talipes valgus
talipes varus
talipexole
talipomanus
talipot
talipot palm
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talipots
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talisman (current term)
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talizumab
talk
talk-aloud protocol
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talk a blue streak
talk a mile a minute
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Literary usage of Talisman

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1. Southern Literary Messenger by Carnegie-Mellon University, School of Computer Science (1839)
"I have issued my interdict upon that score, cousin ; but do you know I have a talisman that will ensure me the constancy of William—and it is of a kind too, ..."

2. Anthology of Russian Literature from the Earliest Period to the Present Time by Leo Wiener (1903)
"And said: "Until thy latest minute Preserve, preserve my talisman; ... Thou scap' st not by my talisman. " The gem in eastern mine which slumbers, ..."

3. Sudan, Oil, and Human Rights by Jemera Rone (2003)
"1176 Taban Deng gave this testimony to Human Rights Watch five months after the meetings with talisman and more than a year before he defected from the ..."

4. Ladies' Magazine by Sarah Josepha Buell Hale (1828)
"There is a sacred talisman, a charm benignly given, That threw o'er all this lovely scene a radiant type of heaven. From this the air its fragrance hath, ..."

5. A Philosophical Dictionary by Voltaire (1824)
"talisman, an Arabian word, signifies properly 'consecration.' The same thing as ' telesma,' ... The famous .talisman of Catherine de Medicis still exists. ..."

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