• The application of rituals or actions, especially those based on occult knowledge, to subdue or manipulate natural or supernatural beings and forces in order to have some benefit from them
  • A specific ritual or procedure associated with such magic; a spell.
  • The supernatural forces which are drawn on in such a ritual.
  • Something producing successful and remarkable results, especially when not fully understood; an enchanting quality; exceptional skill.
  • A conjuring trick or illusion performed to give the appearance of supernatural phenomena or powers.
  • The art or practice of performing conjuring tricks and illusions.




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  • , from Ancient Greek μαγικός ("magical"), from μάγος. Ultimately from , probably derived from Proto-Indo-European *megʰ- ("to be able to, to help; power, sorcerer"). Displaced native Middle English dweomercraft ("magic, magic arts") (from Old English dwimor ("phantom, illusion") + cræft), Old English galdorcræft ("magic, enchantment"), Old English drȳcræft ("magic, sorcery").

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