apotropaic[ap′ō trō pā′ik, ap′ə-]
apotropaic definition by Webster's New World
safeguarding against evil
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- apotropaically adverb
apotropaic definition by American Heritage Dictionary
Intended to ward off evil: an apotropaic symbol.
Origin: From Greek apotropaios, from apotrepein, to ward off : apo-, apo- + trepein, to turn; see trep- in Indo-European roots.
- apˌo·tro·paˈi·cal·ly adverb