thaumaturgy

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While it's most common to use this word to mean "magic" or "mystical powers," thaumaturgy has had a variety of meanings since its appearance in the 18th century. It comes from the Greek roots thaûma ("miracle") and érgon ("work"), and it's frequently used to refer to the scientific principles behind magic or the "magic" of science and mathematics. Other definitions include "the work of Christian saints" and simply "philosophy."

Definitions of thaumaturgy
  1. noun
    any art that invokes supernatural powers
    synonyms: magic
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    juju
    the power associated with a juju
    mojo
    a magic power or magic spell
    conjuration, conjuring, conjury, invocation
    calling up a spirit or devil
    black art, black magic, necromancy, sorcery
    the belief in magical spells that harness occult forces or evil spirits to produce unnatural effects in the world
    white magic
    magic used only for good purposes
    evocation, summoning
    calling up supposed supernatural forces by spells and incantations
    theurgy
    white magic performed with the help of beneficent spirits (as formerly practiced by Neoplatonists)
    witchcraft, witchery
    the art of sorcery
    bewitchment, enchantment
    a magical spell
    Satanism, demonism, diabolism
    a belief in and reverence for devils (especially Satan)
    obiism
    belief in a kind of sorcery that originated in Africa and is practiced in the West Indies
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    supernaturalism
    a belief in forces beyond ordinary human understanding
  2. noun
    an illusory feat; considered magical by naive observers
    synonyms: conjuration, conjuring trick, deception, illusion, legerdemain, magic, magic trick, trick
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    card trick
    a trick performed with playing cards
    prestidigitation, sleight of hand
    manual dexterity in the execution of tricks
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    performance
    the act of presenting a play or a piece of music or other entertainment
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