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Old 02-24-2018, 09:08 AM   #51
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talisman..............

An object, typically an inscribed ring or stone, that is thought to have magic powers and to bring good luck. An object held to act as a charm to avert evil and bring good fortune. Something producing apparently magical or miraculous effects.

Do you believe in lucky charms? Language reflects the fact that many people do. We might have borrowed talisman from French, Spanish, or Italian; all three include similar-looking words for a lucky charm. Those three terms derive from a single Arabic word for a charm, tilsam. Tilsam in turn can be traced to the ancient Greek verb telein, which means "to initiate into the mysteries." While the word talisman, in its strictest use, refers to an object, even a human being can be considered a talisman—such as a player on a team whose mere presence somehow causes magical things to happen.
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