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

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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 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, "First published in 1924, ‘Still She Wished for Company’ makes for a delicious, if bittersweet Valentine’s Day treat," 12 Feb. 2020 By then this man who had been born before the age of the wireless seemed to exude a magus-like quality. Douglas Murray, National Review, "Michael Tippett’s ‘Timeless Music in Time’," 11 July 2019 Neither does the Bible mention how many magi arrived. Elaine Ayala, San Antonio Express-News, "Of kings, magi and wise men," 8 Jan. 2018 Also, Melinda [Gebbie, Moore's partner] will also be contributing a pop-up temple for today's modern magus on the move, a little portable shrine. Adam Rogers, WIRED, "Legendary Comics Writer Alan Moore on Superheroes, The League, and Making Magic," 23 Feb. 2009

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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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The first known use of magus was in the 13th century

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“Magus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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