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-ˈtɛm ɪktotemic

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. totemicadjective

    relating to totemism

    "totemic object"


  1. totemicadjective

    Serving as a totem.


  1. totemic

    A totem (from Ojibwe: ᑑᑌᒼ or ᑑᑌᒻ doodem) is a spirit being, sacred object, or symbol that serves as an emblem of a group of people, such as a family, clan, lineage, or tribe, such as in the Anishinaabe clan system.While the word totem itself is an anglicisation of the Ojibwe term (and both the word and beliefs associated with it are part of the Ojibwe language and culture), belief in tutelary spirits and deities is not limited to the Ojibwe people. Similar concepts, under differing names and with variations in beliefs and practices, may be found in a number of cultures worldwide. The term has also been adopted, and at times redefined, by anthropologists and philosophers of different cultures. Contemporary neoshamanic, New Age, and mythopoetic men's movements not otherwise involved in the practice of a traditional, tribal religion have been known to use "totem" terminology for the personal identification with a tutelary spirit or spirit guide. However, this can be seen as cultural misappropriation.


  1. totemic

    Totemic refers to anything related to or characteristic of the totems of indigenous peoples, usually symbolizing a group, spiritual beliefs, or ancestry. A totem can be an object, animal, or plant serving as the emblem of a family, clan, or other group, and is often revered or considered sacred. Therefore, the term "totemic" often refers to symbols that hold great meaning or significance to a particular culture or group.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Totemicadjective

    of or pertaining to a totem, or totemism

Editors Contribution

  1. totemicadjective

    relating to or resembling a totem or totems. regarded as being symbolic or representative of a particular quality or concept.

    That new monument is rather too totemic for my liking.

    Submitted by Soulwriter on October 7, 2021  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of totemic in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of totemic in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of totemic in a Sentence

  1. Stuart Gordon:

    Sangin became fairly totemic for the British because of the number of soldiers lost.

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