Magi

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Magi (New Testament) the sages who visited Jesus and Mary and Joseph shortly after Jesus was born; the Gospel According to Matthew says they were guided by a star and brought gifts of gold and frankincense and myrrh; because there were three gifts it is usually assumed that there were three of them
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The 3 Magi:(or Wise Men) and their gifts: Melchoir, "king of light," offered Gold, Gaspar ,"or the white one," offered frankincense, and Balthazar, "lord of treasures," offered myrrh.
    • n. pl Magi A caste of priests, philosophers, and magicians, among the ancient Persians; hence, any holy men or sages of the East. "The inspired Magi from the Orient came."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n Magi Plural of Magus.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n.pl Magi mā′jī priests of the ancient Persians: the Wise Men of the East
    • n Magi one of the Magi
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., pl. of Magus, Gr. ; of Per. origin. Cf. Mage Magic

Usage

In literature:

In the Chapel of the Palace of the Medici he painted the Story of the Magi in fresco.
"Lives of the Most Eminent Painters Sculptors and Architects" by Giorgio Vasari
Painted the altar-piece of the "Adoration of the Magi," for the church of Sant'Agostino, Citta di Castello.
"Luca Signorelli" by Maud Cruttwell
It happened, however, that the name of one of these magi was Smerdis.
"Darius the Great" by Jacob Abbott
WIEDEMANN, A. Magie und Zauberei im alten Aegypten (Leipzig, 1905).
"Introduction to the History of Religions" by Crawford Howell Toy
But the Magi did not return.
"Little Folks (December 1884)" by Various
In S. Domenico he painted the story of the Magi on a panel in distemper, and many saints on another.
"Lives of the Most Eminent Painters Sculptors and Architects" by Giorgio Vasari
In the other scene Andrea painted the three Magi from the East, who, guided by the Star, went to adore the Infant Jesus Christ.
"Lives of the Most Eminent Painters Sculptors and Architects" by Giorgio Vasari
At the time of the invasion of India by Timur, we find Parsis or Magi amongst the captives.
"Les Parsis" by D. Menant
The subject of this fine fresco is the Adoration of the Magi.
"Perugino" by Selwyn Brinton
How did he discover that the Magi, or priests of the Zoroastrian religion, were really Buddhists and came from India?
"Flowers of Freethought" by George W. Foote
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In poetry:

"A silent-horror broods o'er all,--
The burden of a hateful spell,--
The very flowers around recall
The hoary magi's rites of hell!
"The Star Of Bethlehem" by John Greenleaf Whittier
The Magi now are on their way,
Their off'rings at his feet to lay —
Gold, myrrh, and frankincense, the best
Of all the produce of the East.
"Let Us Go To Bethlehem " by Rees Prichard
Not as the Magi came, of old,
With offerings to the new-born King,
Of myrrh, and frankincense, and gold,
Come we; but, Lord, this house we bring
"Hymns For Dedication IX" by John Pierpont
Enter, thy star is out,
Traverse nor faint nor doubt
Earth's antres wild,
Thou shalt find good and rest
As found the Magi blest
That divine Child.
"The White Moon Wasteth" by Jean Ingelow
'What means this glory round our feet,'
The Magi mused, 'more bright than morn?'
And voices chanted clear and sweet,
'To-day the Prince of Peace is born!'
"A Christmas Carol" by James Russell Lowell
The near was blended with the old and far,
And Bethlehem's hillside and the Magi's star
Seemed here, as there and then,--
Our homestead pine-tree was the Syrian palm,
Our heart's desire the angels' midnight psalm,
Peace, and good-will to men!
"The Christmas Of 1888" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

'The Rise of the Indian Rope Trick': The Grift of the Magi .
The Rift of the Magi .
In this Nov.4, 2009 file photo, Italian judge Oscar Magi is seen at the court in Milan, Italy.
'The Rise of the Indian Rope Trick': The Grift of the Magi.
Case IH's latest self-propelled sprayer finishes an award-winning first year by capturing the 2012 ShowStopper Award at the MAGIE show.
GVM's new E350 Prowler earns top honors at 2010 MAGIE.
Captured the annual ShowStopper Award for 2009 with its new RoGator for 2010 at the Midwest AG Industries Exposition (MAGIE), held last week in Bloomington, IL.
Harry Potter's Wizardry Like the Magis'.
More than 'Magi': O. Henry tales blend into holiday play.
The real story, he says, began in 1904 with a patent from a Quaker named Elizabeth Magie.
Magi open state soccer tournament against Packers.
Near Miss Fuels Magi Video.
This year's MAGIE attendees have their eyes on big prizes.
Nearly one-third of MAGIE attendees said sprayers were at the top of their wish list.
About 20% of 2007 MAGIE attendees planned to shop for lightbars.
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In science:

Nowadays support of better science, if it is against the main financial stream, is not a common practice. I hardly remember who trully follows around the Aristotle’s motto ’Amicus Plato, sed magis amica veritas’.
Were the ancient Greeks right that space is continuous material plenum?
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