What does the word talisman mean?

Usage examples for talisman

  1. It would not have been a thing worth struggling about- only I had in my inmost heart suspicions that the stoutest resolutions might lose their force in that atmosphere; that even such a talisman as the memory of a woman's looks and words might lose its virtue there. – Historical Romances: Under the Red Robe, Count Hannibal, A Gentleman of France by Stanley J. Weyman
  2. Raphael said, putting the talisman into his pocket. – The Magic Skin by Honore de Balzac
  3. Courage and perseverance have a magical talisman, before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish into air. – Orations by John Quincy Adams