con·​ju·​ra·​tion ˌkän-ju̇-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce conjuration (audio)
: the act or process of conjuring : incantation
: an expression or trick used in conjuring
: a solemn appeal : adjuration

Examples of conjuration in a Sentence

the preposterous claim that he could raise the spirits of the dead with a mystical conjuration a conjuration for divine guidance during a time of national crisis
Recent Examples on the Web Theater is a more symbolic space, a conjuration of lights and plywood, which offered Comer a kind of freedom. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, 12 Apr. 2023 King pointed me to his conjuration of Haures, Duke of Hell and commander of thirty-six legions, known better as the Egyptian deity Horus. Kent Russell, Harper’s Magazine , 25 May 2022 Perhaps the devil could be cornered during some secret ceremony of conjuration after the show on the tour bus . . . Bob Larsen, SPIN, 12 Feb. 2022 But the precision and control of the tales has given way in these pages to a shaggy-dog approach that’s part stream-of-consciousness, part apocalyptic conjuration, part analogy-laden metafiction. Michiko Kakutani, New York Times, 18 Apr. 2016

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of conjuration was in the 14th century

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“Conjuration.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2023.

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con·​ju·​ra·​tion ˌkän-jə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce conjuration (audio)
: the act of conjuring : incantation
: an expression or trick used in conjuring
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