Part of speech:
(Countable nouns, like “bottle,” “piece,” and “decision,” are words for things that can be broken into exact units. You talk about “a bottle,” “three pieces,” and “many decisions.”
Likewise, talk about one talisman or multiple talismans.
You might be tempted to say "talismen," but "talismans" is correct.)
Meaning: A talisman is a magical object that protects you from evil or attracts good luck, and it's often worn as jewelry.
More abstractly, a talisman is anything that protects you or brings you good luck.
talismans, talismanic, talismanical, talismanically
How to use it:
Talk about something being a talisman, something being used as a talisman, something being worn as a talisman, and so on. Your talisman might be a real object ("I use my favorite pencil as a talisman on tests") or something more abstract ("He wielded his ponderous vocabulary as a talisman against valid counterarguments.")
You'll notice that some people say or write "protective talisman" or "magical talisman," maybe because they're worried that their listeners won't know what "talisman" means. I recommend avoiding these repetitive phrases.
The child searched the beach, in need of the perfect stone or shell to keep in his pocket and clutch as a talisman.
What is most admirable about the Harry Potter character, I think, is how he continues the fight against evil after suffering the loss of his talismanic guide, Dumbledore.
Look away from the screen to explain the definition in your own words. You’ll know you understand what "talisman” means when you can explain it without saying “lucky charm” or “magical protector."
Think of an object, activity, or belief that fills you with peace and happiness, and fill in the blank: "_____ is my talisman against the turbulence of modern life."
Example: "Sitting quietly and petting a purring cat is my talisman against the turbulence of modern life."
Spend at least 20 seconds occupying your mind with the game and quote below. Then try the review questions. Don’t go straight to the review now—let your working memory empty out first.
Playing With Words:
Our new game for May is:
“What Do These Words Have in Common?”
The three words given will have something specific in common. (More than one right answer might be possible, but I've only got one particular answer in mind for each set of words.)
I've arranged the questions from easiest to hardest, so today’s should be pretty easy. By the end of the month, I will virtually high-five you if you can come up with the answers to the ridiculously hard ones! :)
Here’s an example question, an easy one:
What do these words have in common?: honest, receipt, solemn.
Answer: They all have a silent letter.
Try this one today: Flock, murder, mischief.
A Point Well Made:
Mary Popova: “[Graduation speeches] deliver messages we would dismiss as trite in any other context; here, however, we know that trite means vitally true – it means hard-earned, life-tested, experience-proven truths about the simplest yet most difficult tenets of existence.”
1. The closest opposite of TALISMAN is
B. VOODOO DOLL
2. Mauna Kea, our snow-topped mountain that's home to many powerful telescopes, seems to have a talismanic _____ to the protesters here who are fighting against the plans for a new thirty meter telescope.
Answers are below.
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Disclaimer: Word meanings presented here are expressed in plain language and are limited to common, useful applications only. Readers interested in authoritative and multiple definitions of words are encouraged to check a dictionary. Likewise, word meanings, usage, and pronunciations are limited to American English; these elements may vary across world Englishes.
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