New Catholic Dictionary illustration for 'amulet'Derivation

  • Latin: amuletum, a charm


An object of stone, metal, parchment, etc., worn as protection against disease, witchcraft, and other ills. Their use was common among early Egyptians, from whom the Romans adopted them. They were gradually repudiated by Christians as superstitions, and emblems and pious images were substituted, not, as the Council of Trent insists, because of any divinity or virtue inherent, but because they refer us to the persons or things represented.

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  • “amulet”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 10 August 2017. Web. 5 March 2021. <>