legerdemain[lej′ər di mān′]
- Legerdemain is defined as trickery or magic, or using your hands skillfully to perform tricks.
When a magician is quick with his hands and is able to deceive you into believing he is making magic, this is an example of legerdemain.
- sleight of hand; skill of a stage magician
- trickery of any sort; deceit
Origin of legerdemainMiddle English ; from Middle French leger de main, literally , light of hand ; from leger (; from Late Latin an unverified form levarius ; from Classical Latin levis, light) + de (; from Classical Latin de, of, from) + main ; from Classical Latin manus, hand
- Sleight of hand.
- Deceitful cleverness; trickery: financial legerdemain.
Origin of legerdemainMiddle English legerdemayn, from Old French leger de main : leger, light (from Vulgar Latin *leviārius, from Latin levis; see legwh- in Indo-European roots) + de, of (from Latin dē; see de–) + main, hand; see mortmain.