A word supposed to have magic powers, and hence used in incantations, on amulets, etc.
A magic spell or formula.
Used, as by a magician, to signify, or seemingly command, a sudden change or occurrence.
A magical charm or incantation having the power to ward off disease or disaster.
Foolish or unintelligible talk.
Foolish or meaningless talk; gibberish.
Origin of abracadabra
- Late Latin magical formula of unknown origin
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Late Latin abracadabra, a word used in magical writings, of uncertain origin. Relationships have been suggested with Abraxas (a Gnostic deity), and with various Aramaic or Hebrew terms (עַבְדָא כְּדַ ברָא, avda ked vara; “what was said has been done”; עבראכדברא, avra kedavra; “what has said has come to pass”; ארבע-אחד-ארבע when it is read from right to left ), but there is little supporting evidence.