evil eye

See also: evil-eye

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Calque of Latin oculus (an eye) + malus (bad, evil, wicked, injurious).

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evil eye (plural evil eyes)

  1. A wicked look that is believed by many cultures to be able to cause injury or bad luck due to envy or dislike.
    • 1936, Rollo Ahmed, The Black Art, London: Long, page 26:
      A common dread was the evil eye, and the chief charm against it was in the form of a knotted cord woven by a "wise woman".
  2. A curse.

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