thaumaturgy

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noun thau·ma·tur·gy \ˈthȯ-mə-ˌtər-jē\

Definition of thaumaturgy

  1. :  the performance of miracles; specifically :  magic

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Examples of thaumaturgy in a sentence

  1. a macabre tale about a woman who uses thaumaturgy to bring her dead lover back to life

Did You Know?

The magic of thaumaturgy is miraculous. The word, from a Greek word meaning "miracle working," is applicable to any performance of miracles, especially by incantation. It can also be used of things that merely seem miraculous and unexplainable, like the thaumaturgy of a motion picture's illusions (aka "movie magic"), or the thaumaturgy at work in an athletic team's "miracle" comeback. In addition to thaumaturgy, we also have thaumaturge and thaumaturgist, both of which mean "a performer of miracles" or "a magician," and the adjective thaumaturgic, meaning "performing miracles" or "of, relating to, or dependent on thaumaturgy."

Circa 1727

First Known Use of thaumaturgy

circa 1727



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