Magus meaning

māgəs
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A member of the Zoroastrian priestly caste of the Medes and Persians.
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A sorcerer; a magician.
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In the New Testament, one of the wise men from the East, traditionally held to be three, who traveled to Bethlehem to pay homage to the infant Jesus.
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One of the Magi or magi.
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A sorcerer or astrologer.
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(common usage) Magician, and derogatorily sorcerer, trickster, conjurer, charlatan.
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(special usage) A Zoroastrian priest.

Note: the two meanings overlap in classical usage"” both derive from the Greco-Roman identification of "Zoroaster" as the "inventor" of astrology and magic. The first meaning ('magician') derives from the sense of "practitioner of the Zoroaster's craft", and the second meaning ('priest') from the sense of "practitioner of Zoroaster's religion".

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Origin of magus

  • From Middle English magi magi from Latin magī pl. of magus sorcerer, magus from Greek magos from Old Persian maguš magh- in Indo-European roots

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

  • From Latin magus, from Ancient Greek μάγος (magos, “magician"), from Μάγος (Magos, “Magian"), of an indeterminate Old Iranian origin (see Μάγος for details)

    From Wiktionary