1811, from Greek apothesis “a laying up in store; a putting aside,” noun of action from apotithenai “to lay aside,” from apo- “off, away” (see apo-) + tithenai (see theme).
intended to ward off evil. Historical Examples But the term “apotropaic” is generally used of expulsive ceremonies in which a whole community takes part. Introduction to the History of Religions Crawford Howell Toy adjective preventing or intended to prevent evil adj. 1883, with -ic + Greek apotropaios “averting evil,” from apotrepein “to turn away, avert,” […]
the use of magic and ritualistic ceremony to anticipate and prevent evil.
preposition, adverb This profession keeps constant and secret watch apoun the vocabulary of others.
an application, typically a small, specialized program downloaded onto mobile devices: the best GPS apps for your iPhone. . . . . . approved. . Contemporary Examples Previous drugs targeting amyloid precursor protein, or app, have failed. Trial Drug Reverses Alzheimer’s Disease in Mice Elizabeth Lopatto May 23, 2014 With these new apps, users will […]