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prestidigitation

Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Performance of or skill in performing magic or conjuring tricks with the hands; sleight of hand.
  • n. A show of skill or deceitful cleverness.

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  • n. A performance of or skill in performing magic or conjuring tricks with the hands; sleight of hand.
  • n. A show of skill or deceitful cleverness.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Legerdemain; sleight of hand; juggling.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Legerdemain; sleight of hand; prestigiation; the performance of feats requiring dexterity and skill, particularly of the fingers; hence, juggling in general.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. manual dexterity in the execution of tricks

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

French (influenced by prestigiateur, juggler, conjurer, from prestige, illusion), from prestidigitateur, conjurer : preste, nimble (from Italian presto; see presto) + Latin digitus, finger; see digit.

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From French prestidigitation

Examples

  • Where's The Club? was a rambling, Randy Newman-style ballad; Twenty Twenty Vision veered left into bluegrass; and Spider Fingers included the first and presumably last use of the word "prestidigitation" in popular song.

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  • The blow was struck: henceforth the interpreters and all those who had dealings with the Arabs received orders to make them understand that my pretended miracles were only the result of skill, inspired and guided by an art called prestidigitation, in no way connected with sorcery.

    Memoirs of Robert-Houdin

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  • He steps forward and asks her to spell a list of much more difficult words, "prestidigitation" and "pulchritude" among them.

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  • It's a gag pile-up, with a funny moment packed into practically every second of the short, whether it's a broadly played physical gag (Bugs pulling himself out of the magician's hat by his own ears, holding himself suspended in the air without explanation), or a nice turn of phrase (I love the fact that this film makes a gag out of the inability to say "prestidigitation").

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  • That last bit -- essentially blaming study design for placebo response rates -- is the kind of prestidigitation that passes for science in psychiatry these days.

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  • The piano is usually thought of as the more orchestral keyboard instrument, but Hantaï's prestidigitation just about put the harpsichord on equal footing.

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  • While Butterworth acknowledges that the worlds he creates Online aren't as labor-intensive as the model-building he engaged in as a youth, he feels that the games industry has become, in effect, "a tribal elder for the world's teenagers, pushing them through ever more complex feats of prestidigitation."

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  • If there is fault to be found, it's in the authorial prestidigitation with which Mrs. Wickham is spirited off-stage for a stay with distant relatives—sparing her the need to answer any questions about a quarrel she witnessed that night in the coach, a quarrel whose nature puzzles many characters for most of the book.

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  • Look, it's not like this little bit of prestidigitation has snowed anybody in the government, they just do not care.

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