Talismanical

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Talismanical Of or pertaining to a talisman; having the properties of a talisman, or preservative against evils by occult influence; magical.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • talismanical Same as talismanic.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Talismanical pertaining to, or having the properties of, a talisman: magical
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Quotations

  • John Quincy Adams
    John Quincy Adams
    “Courage and perseverance have a magical talisman, before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish into air.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. talismanique,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—Ar. tilsam—Late Ger. telesma, consecration, incantation—Gr. telein, to consecrate.

Usage

In literature:

Would that they had proved as a talisman to guard him from evil!
"The Path of Duty, and Other Stories" by H. S. Caswell
Or was the game first suggested, and the talisman brought afterwards?
"Ways of Wood Folk" by William J. Long
It would not be blessed at Mekka, and so lose all its talismanic and mysterious power.
"Narrative of a Mission to Central Africa Performed in the Years 1850-51, Volume 2" by James Richardson
Relics, then, were held to be neither more nor less than talismans.
"Life of St. Francis of Assisi" by Paul Sabatier
She, Fay, carried with her the talisman.
"Prisoners" by Mary Cholmondeley
Then, with the talisman held high, he paused.
"Flood Tide" by Sara Ware Bassett
And it will be a talisman.
"Robin" by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Tom told him the whole story of Frenchy and the Leteurs, and of how he had come by his little talisman.
"Tom Slade with the Boys Over There" by Percy K. Fitzhugh
The inhaling of its fumes is a talisman against fairies, witches, and demons.
"Christmas in Ritual and Tradition, Christian and Pagan" by Clement A. Miles
The fisherman hung the talisman on a chain and wore it round his neck.
"The Firelight Fairy Book" by Henry Beston
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In poetry:

She saw, 'twas a talisman fashioned by love,
Which she hoped to destroy by a daring device;
And, purloining the ring, as it lay in a glove,
With a diamond replaced it, far richer in price.
"The Baya: Or The Indian Bird" by William Hayley
Yet her credulous spirit the talisman pains,
Which she anxiously hides, with intent to destroy;
While she to prepare a rich recompence feigns,
For those, who may find this unfortunate toy.
"The Baya: Or The Indian Bird" by William Hayley
Hermossan confused, with quick pity replied,
(Though Jealousy gave him her tremulous tones)
"Yes, I swear, if you say, but to soothe my fond pride,
That no rival of mine my lost talisman owns."
"The Baya: Or The Indian Bird" by William Hayley
Your inexperience on the bed of waters
Finds the road of love without bowing
By the road of ways
and without the talisman that reveals
your laughter at the crowd of women
and your tears no one wants
"The Season Of Loves" by Paul Eluard
So may the serpent circle that I send thee ever be
A talisman of endless good, dear Emily, to thee;
In joy or sorrow, chance or change, one tale for ever telling,
How in a true unchanging heart thy memory is dwelling.
"With A Bracelet In The Form Of A Snake" by Edwin Arnold
Aye! well may thy brow relax its gloom,
For a talisman hast thou
’Gainst hopes that are blighted in their bloom,
’Gainst scornful look or brow—
Her heart is a high and a holy throne
Where monarch supreme thou reignest alone.
"Husband And Wife" by Rosanna Eleanor Leprohon

In news:

Talisman of ancient Egypt's googly -eyed god uncovered.
The fit and hardy can grunt their way to the top of Nevis Peak, the cloud-enshrouded dormant volcano that hovers like a 3,232-foot talisman over the landscape.
Red Bulls GM Erik Soler addressed the loss of talisman Luke Rodgers, after the English striker's P-1 visa was denied and the club was left bereft of arguably its most influential player.
A man has been beheaded on charges of sorcery and witchcraft in Saudi Arabia after being found in possession of mystical books and talismans.
As the official hair care sponsor of "El Talisman," Suave Professionals offered one fan the opportunity to win a walk-on role.
Part of the quarter's loss was reflects Talisman 's writedown of its Quebec assets, to the tune of $109 million before taxes or $82 million after taxes.
See all past events at Talisman Gallery.
Talisman , Nordion, Jaguar Mining.
Talisman Energy Rises on Montney LNG Development Options.
Organizer Nell Gagnon, of Ithaca, read a statement directed to John Manzoni, Talisman 's CEO and president.
Talisman of ancient Egypt's googly-eyed god uncovered.
Many people use talismans in their everyday life and don't even know it.
A talisman is basically any charged object that produces a desired effect.
At regular intervals throughout the day, concentrate on your chosen talisman , for a few moments, while contemplating your wish.
DEP fines Talisman Energy for frack fluid spill in Tioga County.
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In science:

Blind analysis has won a secure place in our practice of particle physics, as a talisman against experimenter’s bias, but it is not apposite when we are seeking to get the lay of the land.
Looking into Particle Production at the Large Hadron Collider
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