thaumaturge

noun

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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web 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

Etymology

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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Cite this Entry

“Thaumaturge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/thaumaturge. Accessed 8 Dec. 2022.

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