apotropaic /ˌapətrəˈpeɪɪk/

a

I. adjective

supposedly having the power to avert evil influences or bad luck

apotropaic statues.
II. derivatives

apotropaically
adverb


– origin late 19th cent.: from Greek apotropaios ‘averting evil’, from apotrepein ‘turn away or from’ + -ic.

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