Synonyms for abracadabra

Grammar : Noun
Spell : ab-ruh-kuh-dab-ruh
Phonetic Transcription : ˌæb rə kəˈdæb rə

Définition of abracadabra

Origin :
  • magical formula, 1690s, from Latin (Q. Severus Sammonicus, 2c.), from Late Greek Abraxas, cabalistic or gnostic name for the supreme god, and thus a word of power. It was written out in a triangle shape and worn around the neck to ward off sickness, etc. Another magical word, from a mid-15c. writing, was ananizapta.
  • noun magic word
Example sentences :
  • If my reader finds this bosh and abracadabra, all right for him.
  • Extract from : « Fantasia of the Unconscious » by D. H. Lawrence
  • His Bolshevik abracadabra has seduced the workers of every race.
  • Extract from : « The Behavior of Crowds » by Everett Dean Martin
  • "All this is Abracadabra to me," I replied quickly, in fear of a torrent.
  • Extract from : « Dariel » by R. D. Blackmore
  • So he began his abracadabra, but Sunday came and Sunday passed, and no John appeared.
  • Extract from : « A Book of the West. Volume I Devon » by S. Baring-Gould
  • And you ought not to leave Abra, for Abra only is Abracadabra.
  • Extract from : « Yellow-Cap and Other Fairy-Stories For Children » by Julian Hawthorne
  • Meantime he was obliged to live in Abracadabra, and make the best of it.
  • Extract from : « Yellow-Cap and Other Fairy-Stories For Children » by Julian Hawthorne
  • If I didnt reply instantly with Abracadabra, the story 259 stopped.
  • Extract from : « Out of the Air » by Inez Haynes Irwin
  • "Abracadabra is a second intention" is neither true nor false.
  • Extract from : « A System of Logic: Ratiocinative and Inductive » by John Stuart Mill
  • The abracadabra is comparable to that of the wine-taster or tea-taster.
  • Extract from : « The Complete Book of Cheese » by Robert Carlton Brown
  • To myself it seems that you might as well say ‘Abracadabra is gas and gaiters.’
  • Extract from : « Modern Mythology » by Andrew Lang

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