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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But technical wizardry doesn't happen without funding. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "SpaceX says its BFR will fly someone around the Moon; we have questions," 14 Sep. 2018 However, a piece of second half wizardry from Simeone Nwankwo handed the hosts a well earned point heading into the weekend. SI.com, "Crotone 1-1 Juventus: Magical Equaliser Hinders Juventus' Title Bid as Napoli Beat Udinese," 18 Apr. 2018 The restaurant uses all of its oceanic wizardry: First, in its logo, a poppy-red illustration of the spiky rascassa (scorpion fish) that it’s named after. Gemma Askham, Condé Nast Traveler, "5 Best Day Trips from Barcelona," 4 Mar. 2018 Just as Yzerman's early offensive wizardry and Sergei Federov's two-way electricity reached a more sublime athletic level than Howe. Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press, "1 G.O.A.T. to rule 'em all? Who's the greatest in Detroit team sports?," 10 June 2018 Sprinkle in Camelot and Middle Earth wizardry, snowy Shinto shrines, and miles of off-radar piste for good measure. Adam H. Graham, Condé Nast Traveler, "Slow Skiing in Japan's Deep North," 11 Oct. 2018 Unfortunately for us, the electronic wizardry that makes all this possible also proved to be the Lusso T's undoing during our time with it. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "The GTC4Lusso T is a Ferrari you really could drive every day," 23 July 2018 In basketball terms, more of an assist man, though the money shots during the Big Game finale are of Irving, gray hair and latex wrinkles, displaying his on-court wizardry. Gary Thompson, Philly.com, "'Uncle Drew': Kyrie Irving's basketball comedy has occasional bounce," 28 June 2018 What remains—the Crypt, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site—is considered to be the most perfect example of Gaudí’s engineering wizardry channeled into one spot. Gemma Askham, Condé Nast Traveler, "Gaudí in Barcelona: Our Guide," 3 Mar. 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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