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evil eye

Subject: Religion

Popular belief that a person can glance or stare at someone else's favorite possession and, if envious of the other person's good fortune, hurt, damage, or destroy it.

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A Dictionary of Psychology (4 ed.)

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Subject Reference
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2015

... eye n. An English name for mal de ojo...

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A Dictionary of Celtic Mythology

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2004

...it unwillingly. A woman with an evil eye cast it upon Conaire Mór . See also BALOR 's deadly eye. Ir. súil mhillte, drochshúil; ScG droch shùil; Manx drogh hooil. See R. C. Maclagan , Evil Eye in the Western Highlands (London, 1902; repr. London, 1975); Alan Dundes (ed.) , The Evil Eye: A Folklore Casebook (New York,...

Evil Eye

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Gary Vikan

The Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2005
Subject:
History, Early history (500 CE to 1500)
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152 words

... Eye , a popular amuletic image of the 4th–8th C. characterized by an eye surrounded by a variety of threatening beasts and instruments: lions, snakes, scorpions, daggers, etc. Most often it is found on a bronze pendant amulet whose other side bears the Holy Rider . Amuletic inscriptions against the evil eye, without a representation, are also common (e.g., “the seal of Solomon holds the evil eye”— Russell , infra 540). Both would combat the envious glance that was popularly believed to facilitate the access of demons to a coveted thing or person. The...

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The Oxford Dictionary of Islam

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2003
Subject:
Religion
Length:
30 words

...Evil Eye Popular belief that a person can glance or stare at someone else's favorite possession and, if envious of the other person's good fortune, hurt, damage, or destroy...

EVIL EYE

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The Oxford Dictionary of the Jewish Religion (2 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2011
Subject:
Religion
Length:
308 words

...the evil eye include the use of salt, amulets , the colors red or blue, specific hand gestures, the verbal expression of the opposite of a positive personal attribute (for example, saying a person is ugly or unsuccessful, etc.), or the number five, which is believed to have holy qualities. If one is struck by the evil eye, special rituals conducted by professional healers can remove its influence. The evil eye can be either inherited or developed as a skill. There are people considered naturally blessed and always protected from the effects of the evil eye,...

Evil eye

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The Concise Oxford Dictionary of World Religions

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Current Version:
2003
Subject:
Religion
Length:
130 words

... eye . The eye is widely believed to have the power to convey mischief or damage, and is then known as the evil eye. According to Jewish sages, Sarah cast the evil eye (Heb., ayin raʾah or ayin ha-ra ) on Hagar ( Gen. R . 45. 5), as did Joseph's brothers on Joseph ( Gen. R . 84. 10). In Islam, the evil eye (Arab., ʿ ayn ) can take effect even without the intention of the person possessing it, causing harm or death to human beings or animals, damage to crops or goods, etc. This whole concept is disapproved of by orthodox Islam since it seems to deny or...

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A Concise Companion to the Jewish Religion

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Current Version:
2003
Subject:
Religion
Length:
201 words

... Eye The ability to bring about evil results by a malicious gaze. In most cultures the belief is prevalent that some human beings have the power of sending destructive rays, so to speak, in order to cause harm to those of whom they are envious or otherwise dislike. The concept of the evil eye seems to have come about in stages in Jewish thought. Originally, in the Mishnah, for example, the ‘evil eye’ simply denoted that its possessor could not bear with equanimity the good fortune of others. In this sense the term is used in contrast to the ‘good eye’, the...

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A Dictionary of Public Health (2 ed.)

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2018

...evil eye A manifestation of black magic , in which a person believed to have supernatural powers casts a spell over others who, by the power of suggestion, fall ill and sometimes even die. ...

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Richard L Gordon

The Oxford Dictionary of Late Antiquity

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Current Version:
2018

...protection, as might apotropaic representations such as the threshold mosaic from the House of the Evil Eye at Antioch . Once it had achieved the status of a topos in Hellenistic paradoxography, the evil eye presented an intellectual challenge; responses varied between dismissal as peasant folklore, effluences, adaptation of the atomist explanation by the pre-Socratic philosopher Democritus, and recourse to a theory of daemons . Christian positions are ambivalent, wavering between accepting the possibility but attributing the power to demons , and...

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The Oxford Companion to the Body

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Current Version:
2003
Subject:
Science and technology, Life Sciences
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848 words

...babies, prominent men, and beautiful women were thought especially likely to attract the evil eye. Most cultures also recommended means of protection against the evil eye. Most often this was by amulets or charms, but sometimes by more immediate action such as spitting in the presence of, or making obscene gestures at, the person thought to possess the evil eye. Although ethnographers and folklorists have noted the frequency with which belief in the evil eye has existed, they have been less forthcoming on the most important concern for the historian of...

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A Dictionary of Hinduism

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Current Version:
2009
Subject:
Religion
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45 words

... eye ( dṛṣṭi-doṣa , H.: kudṛṣṭi, nazar/najar , Tam.: tiṣṭi , etc.) Associated with the conscious or unconscious gaze of the envious, and perceived to be a universal danger. Young children are thought to be particularly vulnerable, and considerable energy is expended on ritual and magical...

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A Dictionary of English Folklore

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Current Version:
2003

... eye . The belief that certain people can inflict disease or death simply by a glance was accepted by the educated throughout medieval and Elizabethan times, as it had been by Pliny and other classical authorities. Scientists held that vision was an active process, in which the eye emitted rays, and that envy or anger made these rays destructive; Francis Bacon, in his essay ‘Of Envy’ ( c. 1600 ), says the emotion causes ‘an ejaculation or irradiation of the eye’, inflicting a ‘stroke or percussion’ on the person envied. In common speech, the action was...

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The Canadian Oxford Dictionary (2 ed.)

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English Dictionary
Current Version:
2005
Subject:
English Dictionaries and Thesauri
Length:
18 words
Balor of the Evil Eye

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Brewer's Dictionary of Irish Phrase & Fable

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2011

...of the Evil Eye . A Celtic death god, one of the dreaded Fomorians . Balor's eye gained its power from an accidental splash of a druidic draught of wisdom, the result being that anyone who looks upon it will die; and when its deadly power is needed in battle, it takes four men to lift the lid. In order to prevent the fulfilment of the prophecy that he will be slain by his own grandson, Balor shuts up his only daughter Ethlinn in a glass tower on Tory Island . Cian , the son of the Dian Cecht , seduces her, and their son Lugh eventually kills Balor...

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evil eye  

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Popular belief that a person can glance or stare at someone else's favorite possession and, if envious of the other person's good fortune, hurt, damage, or destroy it.
evil-eyed

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The Oxford Dictionary of Original Shakespearean Pronunciation

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2016

...evil-eyed adj 'evɪl-ˌǝɪd sp euill-ey’d 1 > eye ...

Nahum

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Julia M. O'Brien and Julia M. O'Brien

The Oxford Bible Commentary

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Current Version:
2022
Subject:
Religion
Length:
1,969 words
Publisher:
Oxford University Press

...1:11–14 . The ‘you’ of v. 9 is the first of many unspecified pronouns in this section and the next. Ambiguity attends v. 11 (‘from you an evil plotter came out’) both in terms of the pronominal antecedent and in the identification of the ‘plotter’, though Isa 10 's designation of Assyria as the ‘plotter’ may serve as a close parallel. ‘Belial’, both in 1:11 and 1:15 (HB 2:1 ), seems a generic reference to evil rather than indication of a personified demonic power. The lack of antecedents to the many pronouns of this section, as well as the lack of any...

Proverbs

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K. T. Aitken and K. T Aitken

The Oxford Bible Commentary

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Current Version:
2022
Subject:
Religion
Length:
20,819 words
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Oxford University Press

...God's approval of gracious words, i.e. words spoken to promote harmony and well-being, over against his abhorrence of evil and malicious schemes. The second line is often emended to read ‘but the words of the pure are pleasing to him’ (so RSV; cf. NIV). God's scrutiny . Echoing 5:21 , the theme of v. 3 is the all-seeing eye of God, from which nothing can be hidden. The implication is that the good will receive his blessing and the evil will be condemned and punished ( cf. 22:12 ). v. 11 makes much the same point. ‘Abaddon’ (lit. destruction) is a poetic...

2 Esdras

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Peter Hayman and Peter Hayman

The Oxford Bible Commentary

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2022
Subject:
Religion
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18,631 words
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Oxford University Press
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...) The Evil Heart With the Exodus we have reached the focal point of the salvation history as far as Judaism is concerned, and it is just here that Ezra raises his major objection. What was the point of giving the law if God did not first wipe out the ‘evil heart’ inherited from Adam which made it impossible for the people to keep the law? The author's terminology for the evil component within human beings is not consistent and there is a problem deciding exactly what he has in mind. evil heart 3:20, 21, 26; 7:48 evil root 3:22; 8:53 grain of evil seed 4:30,...

Revelation

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Richard Bauckham and R. N. Whybray

The Oxford Bible Commentary

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2022
Subject:
Religion
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23,754 words
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Oxford University Press

...but their sources of life, the fifth and sixth attack humans directly. v. 2 , the image of the fallen star suggests an evil angel, allowed, like other evil agents in the various judgements in Revelation, to wreak evil as a form of divine judgement. The abyss (‘bottomless pit’) in Revelation is not the place of the dead (Hades) or the place of the final punishment of the wicked (the lake of fire), but the abode and source of supernatural evil ( 11:7; 17:8; 20:1–3 ). v. 3 , the locusts are a demonized version of the army of locusts in Joel ( 2:1–11 ). v. 5 ,...

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