noun \ˈma-jik\

: a power that allows people (such as witches and wizards) to do impossible things by saying special words or performing special actions

: tricks that seem to be impossible and that are done by a performer to entertain people

: special power, influence, or skill

Full Definition of MAGIC

a :  the use of means (as charms or spells) believed to have supernatural power over natural forces
b :  magic rites or incantations
a :  an extraordinary power or influence seemingly from a supernatural source
b :  something that seems to cast a spell :  enchantment
:  the art of producing illusions by sleight of hand

Examples of MAGIC

  1. children who believe in magic
  2. a book that explains how to do magic
  3. Both pitchers, though they are older, haven't lost their magic.

Origin of MAGIC

Middle English magique, from Middle French, from Latin magice, from Greek magikē, feminine of magikos Magian, magical, from magos magus, sorcerer, of Iranian origin; akin to Old Persian maguš sorcerer
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Occult Terms

augury, censor, invocation, lucidity, metempsychosis, mojo, numinous, preternatural, weird, wraith

Rhymes with MAGIC



: having the power to make impossible things happen : having supernatural power

: involving the skill of doing tricks that seem to be impossible

: capable of producing good results very easily

Full Definition of MAGIC

:  of or relating to magic
a :  having seemingly supernatural qualities or powers
b :  giving a feeling of enchantment
mag·i·cal \ˈma-ji-kəl\ adjective
mag·i·cal·ly \-ji-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of MAGIC

  1. a magic potion that makes you able to fly
  2. There is no magic solution to these problems.

First Known Use of MAGIC

14th century



Definition of MAGIC

transitive verb
:  to produce, remove, or influence by magic

First Known Use of MAGIC



noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Use of means (such as charms or spells) believed to have supernatural power over natural forces. It constitutes the core of many religious systems and plays a central social role in many nonliterate cultures. Magic is often distinguished from religion as being more impersonal and mechanical and emphasizing technique. Its techniques are usually regarded as means to specific ends (an enemy’s defeat, rainfall, etc.), although another view ascribes a more symbolic, expressive character to such activity. Thus, a rainmaking ritual may both elicit rainfall and stress the symbolic importance of rain and the agricultural activities associated with it. Both the magician and the magical rite are typically surrounded by taboos, purification procedures, and other activities that draw the participants into the magical sphere. Strains of magic in Western tradition, formerly associated with heretics, alchemists, witches, and sorcerers, persist in modern times in the activities of satanists and others. The art of entertaining by performing apparently magical feats (sometimes called conjuring) relies on the use of sleight of hand and other means. See also shaman, vodun, witchcraft and sorcery.


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