Prestidigitation meaning

prĕstĭ-dĭjĭ-tāshən
Note: despite the phonetic similarities, the words prestidigitator and prestidigitation have different origins from those of prestige, even though this in the past has meant "delusion, illusion, trick".
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Performance of or skill in performing magic or conjuring tricks with the hands; sleight of hand.
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Skill or cleverness, especially in deceiving others.
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A show of skill or deceitful cleverness.

His writing was peppered with verbal tricks and prestidigitation.

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Sleight of hand; legerdemain.
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A performance of or skill in performing magic or conjuring tricks with the hands; sleight of hand.

My favorite prestidigitation was when he pulled the live dove out of that tiny scarf.

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Origin of prestidigitation

  • French (influenced by prestigiateur juggler, conjurer) (from prestige illusion) from prestidigitateur conjurer preste nimble (from Italian presto presto) Latin digitus finger digit

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