thau·​ma·​turge ˈthȯ-mə-ˌtərj How to pronounce thaumaturge (audio)

Examples of thaumaturge in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Brother Larry Schellman taught him about shamans, swamis, and thaumaturges, as well as the Catholic Church’s position on them—namely, that their powers are real but demonically granted. Kent Russell, Harper's Magazine, 11 May 2022 Of Jesus the dusty thaumaturge, the wandering soul-zapper and self-styled son of God, less so. James Parker, The Atlantic, 10 Oct. 2020

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Word History


Medieval Latin thaumatūrgus "worker of miracles," borrowed from Late Greek thaumatourgós, going back to Greek, "performer of wonders (as an acrobat)," from thaumat-, thaûma "wonder, object of wonder or admiration, marvel" (probably derivative from the base of théā "sight, spectacle") + -ourgos "performing, carrying out (the thing specified)," going back to *-o-wergos or *-o-worgos, derivative of Indo-European *u̯erǵ- "make, bring about" (whence, as a nominal derivative, Greek érgon "work") — more at theater entry 1, work entry 1

First Known Use

1715, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of thaumaturge was in 1715

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“Thaumaturge.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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