Definition of abraxas in English:

abraxas

Pronunciation /əˈbraksəs/

noun

  • 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.

Origin

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.