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Strictly speaking, an amulet is an object (like a jewel, a horn, or a figurine) that someone wears, often as a necklace, because he or she believes it gives them magical protection (like from evil, sickness, or witchcraft).

Loosely speaking, an amulet is anything that seems like a magical protective object.

Pronunciation:
AM yuh lit

Part of speech:
Noun, the countable kind ("an amulet," "their amulets").

Other forms:
The plural is "amulets."
The adjective is "amuletic," pronounced "am yuh LET ick."

How to use it:
You might talk literally about archeologists discovering amulets and museums displaying them.

Or, talk literally or figuratively about people wearing, using, trusting, or carrying amulets.

You can also say someone wears something as an amulet, or that someone wears or uses an amulet against some evil force or undesired outcome: "she wore the shark's tooth as an amulet against the forces of darkness;" "he wore the crystal as an amulet against failing the exam."

Add an adjective, if you like, and talk about ancient or traditional amulets, religious or spiritual amulets, stone or iron amulets, exotic or beautiful amulets, etc.

examples:
This medicine did nothing for the headache; I might as well have whispered "abracadabra" and waved an amulet over my head.

"She wore a scapular with the images worn away by sweat, and on her right wrist the fang of a carnivorous animal mounted on a backing of copper as an amulet against the evil eye."



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