wiz·​ard·​ry | \ ˈwi-zər-drē How to pronounce wizardry (audio) , ˈwi-zə-drē\
plural wizardries

Definition of wizardry

1 : the art or practices of a wizard : sorcery
2a : a seemingly magical transforming power or influence electronic wizardry
b : great skill or cleverness in an activity showed real wizardry in legal maneuvering

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Examples of wizardry in a Sentence

The Lord of the Rings is a story of monsters, heroes, and wizardry. the wizardry of modern technology

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As innovative as that sounds, many people believe the vanguard of advertising today is consulting firms like Accenture that offer technical wizardry in an age of cord-cutting and ad-blocking. David Segal, New York Times, "Martin Sorrell Wants to Build a New Ad Empire. Please Don’t Call It Revenge.," 1 July 2019 When Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the moon on July 20, 1969, the milestone was viewed largely as a testament to the pioneering spirit and technological wizardry of humankind. Ledyard King, USA TODAY, "Apollo 11 moon landing celebrated as pioneering milestone, but it was really about winning the space race," 17 July 2019 Although the wizardry here never breaks the bounds of ordinary reality, this is suspense written in parseltongue. Ron Charles Critic, Washington Post, "In Sadie Jones’s “The Snakes,” parents are more venomous than reptiles," 2 July 2019 His defensive wizardry is renowned across the league, often requiring headfirst dives or wall-climbing theatrics to take away hits in center field. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros' Jake Marisnick wins MLBPA's Heart and Hustle Award," 16 July 2019 His passing wizardry fooled defenders and his on-court savvy helped him get steals and take charges. Ben Bolch, latimes.com, "Mick Cronin’s determination fueled his coaching journey from Cincinnati to UCLA," 8 June 2019 The key features of this molecular wizardry are pores, called stomata, in plant leaves. Quanta Magazine, "Forests Emerge as a Major Overlooked Climate Factor," 9 Oct. 2018 The Cold Blue builds a mesmerizing historical journey with a one-two punch of technological wizardry and emotional but never cloying artistry. Chuck Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "'Cold Blue' Shows the B-17 Bomber Like You've Never Seen It Before," 16 May 2019 Those new planes were dreamt up when the industry’s future seemed focused in kerosene-burning, tube-and-wing shaped aircraft; the recent technological wizardry of such planes is in their fuel conservation, range and quiet engines. Robert Wall, WSJ, "Air Taxis and Self-Driving Aircraft: Aviation Industry Faces Its Future," 21 July 2018

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First Known Use of wizardry

1583, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of wizardry

: the magical things done by a wizard
: something that is very impressive in a way that seems magical


wiz·​ard·​ry | \ ˈwi-zər-drē How to pronounce wizardry (audio) \

Kids Definition of wizardry

: the art or practice of a sorcerer

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