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jonah, jinx (noun)
a person believed to bring bad luck to those around him
hex, jinx, curse, whammy (verb)
an evil spell
"a witch put a curse on his whole family"; "he put the whammy on me"
hex, bewitch, glamour, witch, enchant, jinx (verb)
cast a spell over someone or something; put a hex on someone or something
foredoom to failure
"This project is jinxed!"
A hex; an evil spell.
A person or thing supposed to bring bad luck.
To cast a spell on.
To bring bad luck to.
Used after the same response is said by two people simultaneously. Often, a game is played where the person who failed to say "jinx" first becomes "jinxed", whereby they cannot speak until someone says their name.
A jinx, in popular superstition and folklore, is: ⁕A type of curse placed on a person that makes them prey to many minor misfortunes and other forms of bad luck; ⁕A person afflicted with a similar curse, who, while not directly subject to a series of misfortunes, seems to attract them to anyone in his vicinity. ⁕An object or person that brings bad luck. ⁕A penalty that one person can invoke on another when the two of them say the same thing at the same time. The superstition can also be referenced when talking about a future event with too much confidence. A statement such as "We're sure to win the contest!" can be seen as a jinx because it tempts fate, thereby bringing bad luck. The event itself is referred to as "jinxed". A dramatic historical example of this type of jinxing is the RMS Titanic, which was said to be unsinkable, then sank on its maiden voyage. In a similar way, calling attention to good fortune – e.g. noting that a certain athlete is having a streak of particularly good fortune – is thought to "jinx" it. If the good fortune ends immediately afterward, the jinx is then blamed for the turn of events, often jokingly.
A jinx (also jynx), in popular superstition and folklore, is a curse or the attribute of attracting bad or negative luck. The word "jynx" meaning the bird wryneck and sometimes a charm or spell has been in use in English since the seventeenth century. The modern spelling and connotations developed late in the nineteenth century. In the 21st-century press, the suggestion a ship might be "jinxed" was made in connection with two cruise liners after misfortunes, MS Queen Victoria and the Emerald Princess. In the 20th century, the Australian aircraft carrier HMAS Melbourne was sometimes said to be jinxed, having twice struck a friendly ship, with considerable loss of life. The term "jinx" also arises when one does not want to say something positive about an incomplete or inconclusive situation out of fear of "jinxing it". The superstition goes that speaking positively about one's current situation will cause it to be "jinxed", and things will start to go wrong. Jinx is also the name given to a game between friends (especially children) when two people say the same word or phrase at the same time and they then call "jinx".
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