Definitions

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

  • n. The working of miracles or magic feats.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The working of miracles
  • n. Magic; witchcraft, wizardry

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act or art of performing something wonderful; magic; legerdemain.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of performing something wonderful or marvelous; wonder-working; magic.

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

  • n. any art that invokes supernatural powers
  • n. an illusory feat; considered magical by naive observers

Etymologies

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From Ancient Greek θαυματουργία, from θαῦμα ("miracle, wonder") + ἔργον ("work").

Examples

  • Two brothers and the girl they both adore for different reasons collect on their mystical inheritance -- the knowledge of the reality-bending art called "thaumaturgy" -- just in time to save the world.

    Archive 2006-09-03

  • He deals with miracles as Renan deals with them, believing that credence in "thaumaturgy" will drop off from the human mind as credence in witchcraft has done -- that

    Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science Volume 12, No. 28, July, 1873

  • At the mid-day halting-ground we saw a stone-mother nursing a rock-child, which might still be utilized in lands where "thaumaturgy" is not yet obsolete.

    The Land of Midian — Volume 1

  • There are a lot of ways of showing magic in fantasy, ranging from the point-and-zap thaumaturgy that seems to be the general procedure for Harry Potter to the uncanny, archetypal forces at work of Last Call.

    I put on my robe and wizard hat «

  • Bruno doesn't know why he learns so quickly - "My father never quite lost his touch of aboriginal uncouthness" - but under the tutelage of an autistic janitor and a very liberal-minded cognitive psychologist named Lydia Littlemore, he emerges from his "prelapsarian nudity" and enters the world of conscious thought, "the awesome thaumaturgy of mere language."

    Review of Benjamin Hale's 'Evolution of Bruno Littlemore': Aping human love

  • This comment was originally posted on Twitter thaumaturgy said at 4pm on Nov 16th # |

    The death of the URL | FactoryCity

  • It was also where the darkest of thaumaturgy often found a home, which was why Tranq had sent her.

    Petrol Queen snippet

  • Did you mink you were the only ones who could make use of combat thaumaturgy?

    The Lives of Felix Gunderson

  • It doesn't understand sorcery, it doesn't understand spellsinging, it does not comprehend even the rudiments of thaumaturgy, and therefore cannot be affected by mem.

    The Lives of Felix Gunderson

  • It was thaumaturgy in Philadelphia as the New York Giants pulled off an unforgettable comeback win over their despised and frankly despicable rivals, the Philadelphia Eagles.

    Midterm Roundup

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  • 'ability to work miracles'

    January 29, 2008