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magic

noun mag·ic \ ˈma-jik \
Updated on: 18 May 2018
1 a : the use of means (such as charms or spells) believed to have supernatural power over natural forces
b : magic rites or incantations
2 a : an extraordinary power or influence seemingly from a supernatural source
  • Both pitchers, although they are older, haven't lost their magic.
b : something that seems to cast a spell : enchantment
  • all the mystery, magic and romance which belong to royalty alone
  • —J. E. P. Grigg
3 : the art of producing illusions by sleight of hand
  • entertained with acts of jugglery and magic

Examples of magic in a Sentence

  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.

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Origin and Etymology 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

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magic

adjective
1 : of or relating to magic
2 a : having seemingly supernatural qualities or powers
b : giving a feeling of enchantment

magical

play \ˈma-ji-kəl\ adjective

magically

play \-ji-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of magic in a Sentence

  1. a magic potion that makes you able to fly

  2. There is no magic solution to these problems.

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Origin and Etymology of magic

see 1magic

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magic

verb
magicked; magicking
: to produce, remove, or influence by magic

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First Known Use of magic

1906

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MAGIC Defined for English Language Learners

magic

  • : 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


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


MAGIC Defined for Kids

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magic

noun mag·ic \ ˈma-jik \
1 : the power to control natural forces possessed by certain persons (as wizards and witches) in folk tales and fiction
2 : the art or skill of performing tricks or illusions for entertainment
3 : a power that seems mysterious
  • The team lost its magic.
4 : something that charms
  • They calmed us with the magic of their singing.

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magic

adjective
1 : having or seeming to have the power to make impossible things happen
  • She chanted the magic words.
2 : of or relating to the power to make impossible things happen
  • magic tricks
3 : giving a feeling of enchantment
  • It was a magic moment.


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