Definition of abraxas in English:


Pronunciation /əˈbraksəs/

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  • 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.


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 century) from Hellenistic Greek Ἀβράξας (in papyri containing texts on magic; more commonly as Ἀβράςαξ), of unknown origin.