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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

n any art that invokes supernatural powers

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the power associated with a juju
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
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)
belief in a kind of sorcery that originated in Africa and is practiced in the West Indies
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a belief in forces beyond ordinary human understanding

n an illusory feat; considered magical by naive observers

conjuration, conjuring trick, deception, illusion, legerdemain, magic, magic trick, trick
card trick
a trick performed with playing cards
prestidigitation, sleight of hand
manual dexterity in the execution of tricks
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the act of presenting a play or a piece of music or other entertainment

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