wiz·​ard·​ry | \ˈwi-zər-drē, 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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Rick Carlisle doesn’t love headcases, but perhaps his offensive wizardry could finally put Whiteside in a position to succeed. Rohan Nadkarni, SI.com, "Kawhi-to-Boston and More NBA Draft Day Trades That Should Happen," 18 June 2018 Murphy breaks down this wizardry in a pair of detailed videos laying out his tinkering process. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Hacker gets Super NES games running on unmodified NES," 30 May 2018 Based on what has happened in less than a week since Altman's wizardry on trade-deadline day (Thursday, Feb. 8), Cavs fans have a right to be excited about the present and at least short-term future. Dennis Manoloff, cleveland.com, "Cleveland Cavaliers' turnaround traced to LeBron's limited-commitment pressure: DMan video," 14 Feb. 2018 The 11 tracks for Debut were pulled together in studios from London to Mumbai to Los Angeles, with engineer Marius de Vries also helping Björk mold her songs with a modern vision, one full of synths, electronics and studio wizardry. William Goodman, Billboard, "Bjork's 'Debut': An Art-Pop Masterpiece Turns 25," 5 July 2018 As his opponent wavered, Goffin displayed the speed and wizardry that has helped him succeed in an era in which five of the top 10 men’s players are at least as tall as del Potro, who is ranked No. Ben Rothenberg, New York Times, "Despite Towering Opponents and Bad Breaks, David Goffin Is Sticking Around," 17 May 2018 Look for recognition of the originality and wizardry of the stagecraft behind the production, which already has earned eight Drama Desk nominations, including ones for costumes, wigs and hair, lighting and direction. Jessica Gelt, latimes.com, "Tony Awards 2018: Three things to watch for when nominations are announced Tuesday," 30 Apr. 2018 Luna Lovegood, after all, is a heroine at the Hogwarts school of wizardry. Gogo Lidz, Newsweek, "How Aquariums Can Actually Save Animals in the Wild," 21 Sep. 2015 The joy of Shohei Ohtani, the greatness of Mike Trout, the wizardry of Andrelton Simmons, the pop of Justin Upton, the records of Albert Pujols. Bill Shaikin, latimes.com, "Angels fall to Rays 5-3 for fifth consecutive loss," 20 May 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 \

Kids Definition of wizardry

: the art or practice of a sorcerer

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