Noun Abraxas Definition and Examples


Noun:

Abraxas

Pronunciation:

/əˈbraksəs/

Definition:
1.

noun

An instance or utterance of the magical word ‘abraxas’, supposed (especially in Gnosticism) to act as a charm; a gem, amulet, etc., inscribed with this word or other cabbalistic signs.
    ((n.) A mystical word used as a charm and engraved on gems among the ancients; also, a gem stone thus engraved.)


    Origin:
    Early 18th century. From French abraxas and its etymon post-classical Latin Abraxas, name given by the Basilidians to the ruler of the 365 heavens (3rd cent.) from Hellenistic Greek Ἀβράξας, of unknown origin.

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