(ap' - uh - tro - pay - ick)

adj. - from Greek apotropaios, from apotrepein, "to ward off" : apo-, apo- + trepein, "to turn."
Intended to ward off evil. Apotropaic symbols include the hexes drawn by the Amish, circles of warding, and even the Roman Catholic superstition of crossing oneself when in the presence of death or misfortune. knocking on wood is apotropaic; so is throwing salt over one's shoulder. With so many ways to ward off evil, it's amazing there's any left...

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