Definition of legerdemain in English:

legerdemain

Line breaks: le¦ger|de¦main
Pronunciation: /ˌlɛdʒədɪˈmeɪn
 
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noun

[mass noun]
  • 1Skilful use of one’s hands when performing conjuring tricks.
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    • There were fine nuggets of legerdemain, courtesy of the illusionist Paul Kieve.
    • Much to the satisfaction of legitimate entertainers, the book also expresses respect for the art of legerdemain, which it discusses using that very term.
    • Readers are invited to imagine how Copperfield will pull off this magic coup, but we reckon it will involve a couple of balls, a cup and plenty of legerdemain.
    Synonyms
    sleight of hand, juggling, conjuring, magic, prestidigitation, wizardry, illusion, dexterity
    rare thaumaturgy
  • 1.1Deception; trickery: a classic piece of management legerdemain
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    • What was the point of this sophisticated legerdemain with Ray's aliases?
    • The target of the latter piece of legislative legerdemain is the Free Software movement itself.
    • The latter is the insidious inflation dodge, a piece of legerdemain that governments have been using over centuries to take bigger and bigger bites of your property.
    Synonyms
    trickery, cunning, artfulness, craftiness, craft, wiles, chicanery, skulduggery, deceit, deception, artifice, cheating, dissimulation, double-dealing, artful argument, specious reasoning, sophistry, humbug, flimflam
    British informal jiggery-pokery
    archaic stratagem

Origin

late Middle English: from French léger de main 'dexterous', literally 'light of hand'.

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