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athame Line breaks: athame
Pronunciation: /əˈθeɪmi/

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Definition of athame in English:


A black-handled, double-edged ritual knife used in modern witchcraft.
Example sentences
  • The tool I most often carry with me to group rituals is a knife, what most people would call an athame.
  • Another area where magical activity can fall foul of the law is the carrying of ritual knives and swords, for example the athame.
  • I have poured over images of athames in catalogs, and peered through the glass at shops, scrutinizing the handle, the shape of the blade, the sheath, only to feel that it just doesn't fit.


1930s: of unknown origin.

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