Legerdemain meaning

lĕjər-də-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.

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Sleight of hand.
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Deceitful cleverness; trickery.

Financial legerdemain.

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Sleight of hand; skill of a stage magician.
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Trickery of any sort; deceit.
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A show of skill or deceitful ability.
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Origin of legerdemain

  • Middle English legerdemayn from Old French leger de main leger light (from Vulgar Latin leviārius) (from Latin levis legwh- in Indo-European roots) de of (from Latin de–) main hand mortmain

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Borrowing from French léger de main (literally “light (weight) of hand").

    From Wiktionary