Noun Abracadabra Definition and Examples


Noun:

Abracadabra

Pronunciation:

/ˌabrəkəˈdabrə/

Definition:
1.

exclamation

A word said by conjurors when performing a magic trick.
  1. 'Too many occasions ruined by intrusive waiters demanding that you shut up and listen to them describe what you are about to eat before you eat it, too many orchestrated removals of silver covers - abracadabra, hocus pocus!'
  2. 'All you have to do here is go to your stove, put in a cabbage, wiggle your nose and, abracadabra!'
  3. 'A person who is unaware of the phenomenon of magnetism could be fooled by a magician who presents lodestone as a ‘magic rock,’ perhaps as a formerly ordinary rock made magical by saying the word abracadabra.'
  4. 'He worked his magic and, abracadabra, the Panthers finished a respectable 7-9.'
  5. 'Essentially an electronic book, it contains over 400 definitions and essays, from abracadabra to zombies.'

noun

Language used to give the impression of arcane knowledge or power.
  1. 'The abracadabra of war against terrorism found support from the BJP government.'
  2. 'Why, then, has the pseudo-skeptical pseudo-scientist who so pusillanimously shied away from revealing his name posted the quoted abracadabra as a supposed ‘review’ of my book?'
  3. 'It was on account of the chairman's abracadabra that we were all rolling around drunk with wealth, tossing greenbacks in the air in nouveau riche ecstasy.'
  4. 'Like many of the illusionist's decisions, he used a bit of abracadabra to make the purchase.'
  5. 'The man seems quite fond of abracadabra himself, going by what his partymen are planning for the poll campaigns.'
  6. 'Can you get that same moment of abracadabra from oils or sculpture?'
  7. 'Add CGI and there are three levels of abracadabra: the magic trick, the magic of a camera and the magic of an editing suite.'
((n.) A mystical word or collocation of letters written as in the figure. Worn on an amulet it was supposed to ward off fever. At present the word is used chiefly in jest to denote something without meaning; jargon.)



Examples:

He said abracadabra and there appeared a pigeon.

Origin:
Late 17th century (as a mystical word engraved and used as a charm to ward off illness): from Latin, first recorded in a 2nd-century poem by Q. Serenus Sammonicus, from a Greek base.

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