Complete Definition of "abracadabra"

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Etymology
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Magical word used in certain Gnostic writings, relation to Greek Abraxas, a Gnostic deity.

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Noun
abracadabra (uncountable)

  1. Originally, a mystical word or collocation of letters written as in the figure. Worn on an amulet it was supposed to ward off fever.
  2. A supposedly 'magic' word associated with stage magic and conjuring.

#:The magician waved his wand and said abracadabra before he pulled a rabbit out of the hat.

  1. A noun meaning "complicated technicalities" and similar (from Def #2)

#:I don't know all the theoretical abracadabra about how it works, I'm only its pilot.

  1. A word used chiefly in jest to denote something without meaning; jargon.

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ttbc|Vietnamese: câu thần chú, lá»i nói khó hiá»u

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