talisman

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n talisman 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
    • Talisman 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.
    • Talisman Hence, something that produces extraordinary effects, esp. in averting or repelling evil; an amulet; a charm; as, a talisman to avert diseases.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n talisman A supposed charm consisting of a magical figure cut or engraved under certain superstitious observances of the configuration of the heavens; 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. The word is also used in a wider sense and as equivalent to amulet. The talisman is supposed to exercise extraordinary influences over the bearer, especially in averting evils, as disease or sudden death.
    • n talisman Figuratively, any means to the attainment of extraordinary results; a charm.
    • n talisman Synonyms See amulet, and definition of phylactery.
    • n talisman A Mohammedan priest.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Talisman tal′is-man a species of charm engraved on metal or stone when two planets are in conjunction, or when a star is at its culminating point, and supposed to exert some protective influence over the wearer of it:
    • n Talisman tal′is-man (fig.) something that produces extraordinary effects
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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
Sp., from Ar. tilism, tilsam, a magical image, pl. tilsamān, 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
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—Ar. tilsam—Late Ger. telesma, consecration, incantation—Gr. telein, to consecrate.

Usage

In literature:

Natalie's ashy face and the word croup, acted like a talisman.
"Isabel Leicester" by Clotilda Jennings
The talisman by which all this desirable alteration was wrought, consisted partly in small presents, partly in constant attention.
"St. Ronan's Well" by Sir Walter Scott
Is that your talisman?
"Wild Bill's Last Trail" by Ned Buntline
You have a talisman against its power.
"Christie Redfern's Troubles" by Margaret Robertson
If you read only one of Walter Scott's novels, take "Ivanhoe," or "The Talisman.
"Pushing to the Front" by Orison Swett Marden
To my thinking, the inscriptions must have been of that so-called talismanic kind in which these weak heathen believe.
"Glyn Severn's Schooldays" by George Manville Fenn
There is the talisman, and the consummate artifice of the great poet.
"Gryll Grange" by Thomas Love Peacock
It seemed a talisman to Paul, and as he looked at it he was happy.
"High Noon" by Anonymous
The word acted like a talisman.
"Ungava" by R.M. Ballantyne
The ring procured him admittance at once, and the same talisman converted the head jailer into an obsequious servant.
"The Middy and the Moors" by R.M. Ballantyne
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In poetry:

Rich beyond dreams, the vantage-ground
Of life is gained; her hands have found
The talisman of old
That changes all to gold.
"The Maids Of Attitash" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Just whistle a bit, if there 's work to do,
With the mind or in the soil.
And your note will turn out a talisman true
To exorcise grim Toil.
"Just Whistle A Bit" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
My heart, that is Arabia, O see!
That talismanic sweep of sunset coast,
Which lies like richly wrought enchantment's ghost
Before us, bringing back youth's witchery!
"Sighting Arabia" by Cale Young Rice
Can I forget thee? No, while mem'ry lasts,
Thine image like a talisman entwined,
Around my heart by sacred friendship's ties
Remains unchanged, in love, pure love, enshrined.
"On Parting With A Friend" by Mary Weston Fordham
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
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

In news:

Talisman of ancient Egypt's googly -eyed god uncovered.
See all past events at Talisman Gallery.
Talisman , Nordion, Jaguar Mining.
Talisman Energy Rises on Montney LNG Development Options.
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.
DEP fines Talisman Energy for frack fluid spill in Tioga County.
BLOSSBURG — Talisman Energy USA Inc. Back to Article.
"There were no injuries, all equipment was shut off, fluids were contained within the well site and cleaned up," said Talisman 's director of media relations Mark Scheuerman.
Rick Rinaman, Team Penske talisman .
BAE Systems Launches Talisman Autonomous Underwater System.
The Talisman autonomous unmanned underwater vehicle developed by BAE Systems (Photo: Business Wire).
Villager photo by Talisman Brolin.
Talismans may have been used for good luck and abundance .
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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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