Magic is defined as the art of using spells, charms and rituals to control supernational forces, or the art of performing tricks and illusions.(noun)
An example of magic is pulling a rabbit out of a previously empty hat.
The definition of magic is producing mysterious or extraordinary results.(adjective)
An example of magic used as an adjective is in the phrase "magic potion" which means a potion that works in mysterious, unexplainable ways.
See magic in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME magike < OFr magique < L magice < Gr magikē (technē), magic (art), sorcery < magikos, of the Magi: see Magi
Origin: L magicus < Gr magikos
See magic in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Middle English magik
Origin: , from Old French magique
Origin: , from Late Latin magica
Origin: , from Latin magicē
Origin: , from Greek magikē
Origin: , from
Origin: feminine of magikos, of the Magi, magical
Origin: , from magos, magician, magus; see Magus.
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a reliance upon incantations or charms, often inscribed upon amulets, to ward off calamity. —abracadabra, n.
the acting out of magic rites or the recital of incantatory formulas to ward off evil. —apotropaic, adj.
Obsolete. forms of magic that require the invocation or assistance of demons.
a conjurer or magician who creates illusions, as by sleight of hand.
an African variety of magical fetishism characterized by the wearing of an exotic amulet called a juju. —jujuist, n.
skill in or practice of feats of dexterity that create a magical illusion. —legerdemainist, n.
1. change in form, structure, appearance, etc.
2. magical transformation. —metamorphic, metamorphous, adj.
1. a kind of sorcery practiced by the black people of Africa, the West Indies, and elsewhere. Also called obi, obism.
2. the wearing of an obeah, a fetish or charm. Also called obi.
the belief among American Indians that a ceremony characterized by magic, feasting, and dancing can cure disease, ensure the success of a hunt or battle, etc. —powwow, n.
the art of legerdemain; sleight of hand. —prestidigitator, n. —prestidigitatorial, prestidigitatory, adj.
a condition of being exceptional or bizarre, beyond the realm of the ordinary course of nature. —preternatural, adj.
the art, practices, or spells of a person who is supposed to exercise supernatural powers through the aid of evil spirits; black magic; witchery. —sorcerer, n. —sorcerous, adj.
a form of divination involving drawing lots.
1. the condition or quality of existing outside the known experience of man or caused by forces beyond those of nature.
2. belief in supernatural events or forces. Also supranaturalism. —supernaturalist, n., adj. —supernatural, supernaturalistic, adj.
supematuralism. —supranaturalist, n., adj. —supranatural, supranaturalistic, adj.
the belief that a part of a person or object can act in place of the whole and thus that anything done to the part will equally affect the whole.
the quality of being able to perform magie. —thaumaturgist, n. —thaumaturgic, adj. —thaumaturgy, n.
a magician who persuades or compels a supernatural being to do or refrain from doing something. —theurgy, n. —theurgic, theurgical, adj.
1. the religious rites or practices, including magie or sorcery, of certain West Indian black people.
2. the practice of sorcery. —voodooist, n.
Archaic. sorcery; the craft or practice of a warlock.
witchcraft or sorcery.
the art or practice of a wizard; sorcery; magic. —wizard, n., adj.
Middle East. 1. the practice of atheism.
2. the practice of heretical magie, especially with fire. —Zendic, Zendik, n. —Zendaic, adj.
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