amulet

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n amulet a trinket or piece of jewelry usually hung about the neck and thought to be a magical protection against evil or disease
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Amulet An ornament, gem, or scroll, or a package containing a relic, etc., worn as a charm or preservative against evils or mischief, such as diseases and witchcraft, and generally inscribed with mystic forms or characters. Also used figuratively
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n amulet Some object superstitiously worn as a remedy for or preservative against disease, bad luck, accidents, witchcraft, etc. Amulets have been used from ancient times, and are still worn in many parts of the world. They consist of certain stones, or plants, or of bits of metal, parchment, or paper, with or without mystic characters or words. The gospels and saints' relics have been used in this way. The Mohammedans use diminutive copies of the Koran hung around the neck. From the heathen and the Jews the custom passed into the primitive Christian church, where it was long maintained in spite of the decrees of ecclesiastical councils and the protests of the more intelligent clergy. Amulets of various forms have been found in the catacombs, many of them inscribed with the word ichthys, fish, because this represented the initials of the Greek words for Jesus Christ, Son of God, Saviour. (See ichthys.) They were suspended from the neck or affixed to some part of the body. See phylactery, 3. Synonyms Amulet, Talisman. An amulet is supposed to exert a constant protecting power, warding off evil; a talisman, to produce under special conditions desired results for the owner.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Amulet am′ū-let a gem, scroll, or other object carried about the person, as a charm against sickness, harm, or witchcraft.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. amuletum,: cf. F. amulette,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.—L. amulētum, a word of unknown origin; curiously like the mod. Ar. himalat, lit. 'a carrier,' applied to a shoulder-belt, by which a small Koran is hung on the breast.

Usage

In literature:

The wife used to comb it twice a month, anoint it with butter, and tie up the end with ribbons and amulets.
"The Shores of the Adriatic" by F. Hamilton Jackson
These amulets are all plainly phallic in design; R. P. Knight shows a number of vases, lamps, etc., on which phallic symbols are found.
"The Sex Worship and Symbolism of Primitive Races" by Sanger Brown, II
As with the amulets and talismans of Mesopotamia, these were regarded as possessing supernatural powers.
"History of the Intellectual Development of Europe, Volume I (of 2)" by John William Draper
The ivories belong to the king, and various small horns are kept for amulets, and so on.
"The Upward Path" by Various
He had evidently been wearing it round his neck, amulet fashion, for a thin red cord dangled from it, that I had probably snapped in my haste.
"The Red Symbol" by John Ironside
The amulets or charms which the Roman Christians wear, to drive away diseases, and to protect them from harm, are other relics of paganism.
"Bible Myths and their Parallels in other Religions" by T. W. Doane
What, then, is the use of amulets and talismanic necklaces?
"Pretty Michal" by Mór Jókai
Talismans and amulets, again, possess a secret power for good and evil.
"The Next Step in Religion" by Roy Wood Sellars
It was used as an amulet against the plague or other infections, as well as for an article of luxury.
"Folk-lore of Shakespeare" by Thomas Firminger Thiselton-Dyer
The use of charms or amulets is practically universal.
"Among the Wild Tribes of the Afghan Frontier" by T. L. Pennell
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In poetry:

Love is dead in us
if we forget
the virtues of an amulet
and quick surprise.
"The Warning" by Robert Creeley
Women who sing themselves to sleep
Must lie in fear till day,
Clasping an amulet of words to keep
The leaning dark away.
"Light Sleep" by Hazel Hall
Give me an amulet
That keeps intelligence with you,
Red when you love, and rosier red,
And when you love not, pale and blue.
"The Amulet" by Ralph Waldo Emerson
And last our amulet
Of precious names we thread, and soft and low
We crave for each beloved, or near or far,
A blessing ere we go.
"Communion" by Susan Coolidge
My sister is better than all prescriptions,
She does more for me than all medicines;
Her coming to me is my amulet,
The sight of her makes me well!
"Sickness Invaded Me" by Anonymous Africas
ANNICCA.
Yea--of the Prince's ball? We go together.
Braid in thy hair our mother's pearls, and wear
The amulet ingemmed with eastern stones;
'T will bring good fortune.
"The Spagnoletto. Act I" by Emma Lazarus

In news:

An Amulet the President of Kazakhstan Gave Him.
The Amulet leads Emily and Navin to a mysterious house on a rock, the home of their missing great-grandfather, Silas Charnon.
On January 13, Abrams's Amulet imprint will release.
Amulet/Abrams' Laura Mihalick gave me a neat book at Midwinter: Poem in Your Pocket for Young Poets: 100 Poems to Rip Out & Read, compiled by Bruno Navasky, and due out this March.
Dying to Know You, Aidan Chambers Amulet Books, April 2012 Reviewed from ARC.
The "Wahhabis" were often, indeed, reformers who criticized certain practices, like making protective amulets, as un-Islamic, but " Wahhabism " in West Africa has looked a lot different than its cousin in Arabia.
Sugar cube pyramids, athletic tape mummies, clay amulets and masks were just some of the creative "artifacts" displayed at the Jefferson Middle School's Egyptian Museum created by sixth-graders.
Amulet Bringing Voice Recognition to Home Control.
Amulet demos voice-enabled Windows Media Center remote.
Amulet, which makes a voice-enabled remote control for Windows Media Center, will soon make its technology available for third-party development.
In a surprise move, Carol Burrell, editorial director of Lerner Graphic Universe since the comics and graphic novel imprint was launched in 2007, is leaving Lerner to take a senior editorial position at Abrams ComicArts and Amulet.
In his heyday, Dr John would appear on stage in a puff of smoke, decorated in Mardi Gras plumes, bones and amulets, reciting voodoo chants while spreading glitter into the audience.
The Storyteller , Antonia Michaelis, translated by Miriam Debbage Amulet Books, January 2012 Reviewed from ARC.
I am frequently asked about the amulet I wear around my neck - the one you made.
Photo by Amulet, SHNS courtesy photo.
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In science:

They proposed an architecture, Amulet, that will ensure privacy and security of mHealth system .
The Enemy Within: The Emerging Threats to Healthcare from Malicious Mobile Devices
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