talismanic

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj talismanic possessing or believed to possess magic power especially protective power "a talismanic amulet"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Talismanic 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
    • talismanic Having the character or properties of a talisman; characteristic of a talisman; magical.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Talismanic 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:

It had become the talisman of his life and the symbol of his ambitions.
"Captain Jinks, Hero" by Ernest Crosby
The cunning of a mere woman had deprived Ra of his last talisman.
"History Of Egypt, Chaldæa, Syria, Babylonia, and Assyria, Volume 1 (of 12)" by G. Maspero
He felt that it was proving itself a talisman.
"The Woman's Way" by Charles Garvice
So that is the talisman?
"Overland Red" by Henry Herbert Knibbs
Luck, that so often favors daring, or the courage, that is its own talisman, kept him from the rocks.
"Vikings of the Pacific" by Agnes C. Laut
A fine pulse is a talisman; a charmed life; a balance at our bankers.
"Henrietta Temple A Love Story" by Benjamin Disraeli
Cherish the talisman as thy life: nay!
"Alroy The Prince Of The Captivity" by Benjamin Disraeli
This shows that the Bible was looked upon as a talisman.
"Welsh Folk-Lore a Collection of the Folk-Tales and Legends of North Wales" by Elias Owen
Now what is there talismanic about silk?
"The Lovely Lady" by Mary Austin
Oh, if this should turn out to be a talisman, how enchanting it would be!
"A Thin Ghost and Others" by M. R. (Montague Rhodes) James
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In poetry:

For Friendship's clasp was warm for them,
And Love's sweet smiles unshrouded;
And fav'ring Fortune's talisman
Preserv'd their sky unclouded.
"Stanzas." by Eliza Acton
And the dear lady who has reigned your queen
Over the gaieties of Rideau Hall,
Her genial, gracious courtesies have been,
A talisman to win the hearts of all
"Farewell To Lord And Lady Dufferin" by Nora Pembroke
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 Energy to Withdraw From Peru.
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).
BAE Systems launched its new autonomous unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) Talisman at Oceanology International 2006.
Talisman Energy Inc of Calgary, Alberta, said late yesterday that it planned to make a takeover offer for Wascana Energy Inc, based in Regina, Saskatchewan.
Villager photo by Talisman Brolin.
Talismans may have been used for good luck and abundance .
Michaanís Auctions A metal milagro, or talisman, found recently in a Bay Area cave.
Talisman presses gas aggregation .
Talisman Energy Inc said its Weimang-1 exploratory well in Papua New Guinea found gas in line with predrill expectations.
The Pittsburgh Steelers were forced to rely on their defense to eke out a hard-fought 16-13 overtime victory over the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday after the home team lost talismanic quarterback Ben Roethlisberger through injury.
Kansas City Chiefs on Monday after the home team lost talismanic quarterback.
Talisman paper-backed wood pulp in 20 by Carnegie , 800-727-6770.
Talisman Energy USA Inc will pay a $62,457 penalty to settle alleged violations of hazardous chemical reporting requirements at 52 hydraulically fracturing facilities in Pennsylvania.
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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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