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jinx  audio  (jngks) KEY 

NOUN:
  1. A person or thing that is believed to bring bad luck.
  2. A condition or period of bad luck that appears to have been caused by a specific person or thing.
TRANSITIVE VERB:
jinxed, jinx·ing, jinx·es
To bring bad luck to.

ETYMOLOGY:
Possibly from jynx, wryneck (from its use in witchcraft), from Latin iynx, from Greek iunx, perhaps from iuzein, to call, cry


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