wizardry

noun

wiz·​ard·​ry ˈwi-zər-drē How to pronounce wizardry (audio)
ˈwi-zə-drē
plural wizardries
1
: the art or practices of a wizard : sorcery
2
a
: a seemingly magical transforming power or influence
electronic wizardry
b
: great skill or cleverness in an activity
showed real wizardry in legal maneuvering

Examples of wizardry in a Sentence

The Lord of the Rings is a story of monsters, heroes, and wizardry. the wizardry of modern technology
Recent Examples on the Web Tap this to turn action mode on or off, which applies some video stabilization wizardry to your footage. David Nield, Popular Science, 7 Feb. 2024 That’s the cinematic wizardry that Mark Gustafson, the Oscar- and Emmy-winning animation expert who died on Thursday at 64, mastered over four decades of turning inanimate figurines into physicality and emotion — one frame at a time. Carlos Aguilar, Los Angeles Times, 5 Feb. 2024 The intensity of the trio’s performance is palpable and Hendrix ignites with his six-string wizardry. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 Dec. 2023 But Feliciano’s guitar and voice turns schmaltzy lyrics into a stirring message of goodwill, giving just a hint of the wizardry the underappreciated artist always brought to his music. Suzy Exposito, Los Angeles Times, 19 Dec. 2023 The show featured sumptuous lighting and video wizardry. Dan Heching, CNN, 15 Oct. 2023 The Kings’ season will be an exercise in mathematical wizardry and an attempt to exorcise the memory of two consecutive playoff losses to the Edmonton Oilers. Helene Elliott, Los Angeles Times, 11 Oct. 2023 This is one of the upsides of so much electronic wizardry. Mark Ewing, Forbes, 29 Nov. 2023 Paras read along as the acquaintance asked another member of the chat for help—a figure by the name of LiteSpeed, who had attained a certain infamy for his denial-of-service wizardry. Andy Greenberg, WIRED, 14 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1583, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of wizardry was in 1583

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Cite this Entry

“Wizardry.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wizardry. Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

wizardry

noun
wiz·​ard·​ry ˈwiz-ə(r)-drē How to pronounce wizardry (audio)
plural wizardries
1
: the art or practices of a wizard : sorcery
2
a
: a seemingly magical power or influence
the wizardry of modern computers
b
: extraordinary skill or ability
athletic wizardry
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