- 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: Middle 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) plush de (from Classical Latin de, of, from) plush main from Classical Latin manus, hand
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- Sleight of hand.
- A show of skill or deceitful cleverness: financial legerdemain.
Origin: Middle 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.