thaumaturgy

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n thaumaturgy an illusory feat; considered magical by naive observers
    • n thaumaturgy any art that invokes supernatural powers
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n thaumaturgy The act or art of performing something wonderful; magic; legerdemain.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n thaumaturgy The act of performing something wonderful or marvelous; wonder-working; magic.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Thaumaturgy thaw′ma-tur-ji the art of working wonders or miracles
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. qaymatourgi`a
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr.,—thauma, a wonder, ergon, work.

Usage

In literature:

Neoplatonic thaumaturgy not among these.
"Cock Lane and Common-Sense" by Andrew Lang
Leam's imagination could not compass the thaumaturgy tried to be inculcated.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Vol. 17, No. 97, January, 1876" by Various
When thaumaturgy is discredited, the childish desire to work miracles may itself have passed away.
"The Life of Reason" by George Santayana
The feats of a vulgar thaumaturgy, designed to make the ignorant stare, may well be dispensed with.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 15, No. 87, January, 1865" by Various
It was the final triumph of Professor Vanlief's thaumaturgy.
"The Imitator" by Percival Pollard
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In news:

HUMBOLDT COUNTY IS A PLACE OF WONDERFUL, OFTEN MAGICAL OPPORTUNITY -- true thaumaturgy flows between its striking natural landscape and its artistic inhabitants.
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