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
Recent Examples on the Web Some say technical wizardry and unleashed market forces can come to our rescue, as green entrepreneurs chase the gold of alternative energy. David Grinspoon, Washington Post, "An audacious plan to stop climate change: Remake the entire economy," 18 Oct. 2019 Before leaving for the school of witchcraft and wizardry, Harry gathered supplies for the year ahead in Diagon Alley, kind of like a magical Wal-Mart. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "11 Amazing Places to Virtually Visit While You're Stuck Inside," 29 Mar. 2020 The idea is to take carbon dioxide emitted by power plants and use some chemical wizardry to turn it into useful fuels like propane or methane. Daniel Oberhaus, Wired, "Cheap Nanoparticles Pave the Way for Carbon-Neutral Fuel," 19 Feb. 2020 This is largely because Kylo and Rey continue to reach across dimensions in striking fashion—a good reminder that Rian Johnson's directing wizardry from Last Jedi was easily one of the best contributions to the series at large. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker spoiler-free review: Kylo, Rey save the film," 18 Dec. 2019 Like Birdman, though, as well as the fantastically complicated opening scene of Mendes’s own James Bond film Spectre, 1917 is actually composed of many shots ingeniously woven together using digital wizardry to look like a single take. Kyle Smith, National Review, "1917: A Somber Journey into Hell," 25 Dec. 2019 Rise of the Resistance, however, isn’t about the technical wizardry or physical thrills. cleveland, "I rode Rise of the Resistance at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney World so you don’t have to," 25 Dec. 2019 Fifty years ago, Randy Newman and Harry Nilsson teamed up on an unlikely album that’s a stunning example of understatement and studio wizardry. John Edward Hasse, WSJ, "The Originality of a Maverick Matchup," 21 Feb. 2020 There will also be an interactive dark ride featuring Lego Ninjago characters that will be filled with techno-wizardry. Arthur Levine, USA TODAY, "What’s the attraction? Lots to love at theme parks in 2020, including a new Legoland," 29 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of wizardry

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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8 May 2020

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“Wizardry.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wizardry. Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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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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