Definition of


  1. (noun, cognition) any art that invokes supernatural powers
  2. (noun, act) an illusory feat; considered magical by naive observers
  3. (adj, all) possessing or using or characteristic of or appropriate to supernatural powers
    magic signs that protect against adverse influence
    a magical spell
    'tis now the very witching time of night
    wizard wands
    wizardly powers

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Magic

  1. late 14c., "art of influencing events and producing marvels," from O.Fr. magique, from L. magice "sorcery, magic," from Gk. magike (presumably with tekhne "art"), fem. of magikos "magical," from magos "one of the members of the learned and priestly class," from O.Pers. magush, possibly from PIE *magh- "to be able, to have … more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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