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prestidigitation

Syllabification: pres·ti·dig·i·ta·tion
Pronunciation: /ˌprestəˌdijəˈtāSHən
 
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Definition of prestidigitation in English:

noun

formal
Magic tricks performed as entertainment.
Example sentences
  • Perhaps you would like to see a little bit of legerdemain, or a paltry amount of prestidigitation, or a conundrum of conjuring.
  • By leaps and bounds, what I saw Kreskin perform on this DVD was the worst display of prestidigitation in my life.
  • It's ethical prestidigitation with ‘moral equivalence’ used for misdirection only.

Origin

mid 19th century: from French, from preste 'nimble' + Latin digitus 'finger' + -ation.

Derivatives

prestidigitator

1
Pronunciation: /-ˈdijəˌtātər/
noun
Example sentences
  • He's a self-confessed rebel, a ‘poet-in-the-sky’, a prestidigitator who can do conjuring tricks and pick a pocket or two.
  • At university, I was an active member of a society for prestidigitators, magicians and other such unserious folk.
  • Superman, spiderman, body-builder, magician, tactician, prestidigitator - call him whatever you may want, but he is a world-class, top-class off spinner and a match winner.

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