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1. Sleight of hand.
2. Deceitful cleverness; trickery: financial legerdemain.
[Middle English legerdemayn, from Old French leger de main : leger, light (from Vulgar Latin *leviārius, from Latin levis; see legwh- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots) + de, of (from Latin dē; see de-) + main, hand; see mortmain.]
1. (Theatre) another name for sleight of hand
2. cunning deception or trickery
[C15: from Old French: light of hand]
leg•er•de•main(ˌlɛdʒ ər dəˈmeɪn)
1. sleight of hand.
2. trickery; deception.
3. any artful trick.
[1400–50; late Middle English legerdemeyn, lygarde de mayne < Middle French: literally, light of hand]
legerdemain- "Slight of hand, conjuring tricks," from French, literally "light of hand."
See also related terms for slight.
skill in or practice of feats of dexterity that create a magical illusion. — legerdemainist, n.See also: Performing
skill in or practice of feats of dexterity that create a magical illusion. — legerdemainist, n.See also: Magic
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|Noun||1.||legerdemain - an illusory feat; considered magical by naive observers|
performance - the act of presenting a play or a piece of music or other entertainment; "we congratulated him on his performance at the rehearsal"; "an inspired performance of Mozart's C minor concerto"
card trick - a trick performed with playing cards