apotropaic means: This word, in art history, is used frequently to describe images that make the viewer uncomfortable or want to move away. For example, Picasso’s “Les Demoiselles d’Avignon”. It is not the same as what you will find in a dictionary. This is because it means something that can ward off bad luck or evil. This term is also known as apotrepein and means “to turn aside, to avert”. (in Community Dictionary, added by Luz Oliver)

What else does apotropaic mean?

  • It is intended to prevent evil. (in AZ Dictionary)