ma·​gus | \ ˈmā-gəs How to pronounce magus (audio) \
plural magi\ ˈmā-​ˌjī How to pronounce magus (audio) , ˈma-​ \

Definition of magus

1a : a member of a hereditary priestly class among the ancient Medes and Persians
b often capitalized : one of the traditionally three wise men from the East paying homage to the infant Jesus

Examples of magus in a Sentence

attributed the storms to a clash of wills between the two most powerful magi in the land
Recent Examples on the Web Auden’s father, George Augustus Auden, was a physician and an early reader of Freud; the young poet saw himself also as a healer, though in a rather different mode, less an M.D. than a magus. Alan Jacobs, Harper’s Magazine , 27 Apr. 2022 Now, some 250 years later, debates about the glories and failings of the Enlightenment continue, as if the painting’s magus were still awaiting our response. —Mr. Rothstein is the Journal’s Critic at Large. Edward Rothstein, WSJ, 21 Mar. 2022 His face is framed by voluminous graying locks; his loose robes recall those of a medieval magus. Edward Rothstein, WSJ, 21 Mar. 2022 Wells, born in 1866, was a lower-middle-class boy who wanted to become someone of the same scale and sort as his sometime friend Bertrand Russell—a university wit, a man of science, a popularizer, a magus of the mind. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, 15 Nov. 2021 One magus, in blue robes with brown eyes, has light-colored skin and carries gold. Susan Dunne,, 4 Jan. 2022 But storytelling, redefined as esoteric manipulation, will reveal the code; the novelist is the magus, the secret historian. James Wood, The New Yorker, 27 Sep. 2021 Among the nominees for Best Abs was Andra Day, a blinding vision in gold—courtesy of Vera Wang, according to Brad Goreski, the fashion magus of E! Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, 26 Apr. 2021 In Paris, for example, Lucian apparently associated with the occult magus Alessandro Cagliostro and the reputedly immortal Comte de Saint-Germain. Michael Dirda, Washington Post, 12 Feb. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of magus

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for magus

Latin, from Greek magos — more at magic

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7 May 2022

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“Magus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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