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a. The art or practice of using charms, spells, or rituals to attempt to produce supernatural effects or control events in nature.
b. The charms, spells, and rituals so used.
2. The exercise of sleight of hand or conjuring, as in making something seem to disappear, for entertainment.
3. A mysterious quality of enchantment: "For me the names of those men breathed the magic of the past" (Max Beerbohm).
1. Of, relating to, or invoking the supernatural: "stubborn unlaid ghost / That breaks his magic chains at curfew time" (John Milton).
2. Possessing distinctive qualities that produce unaccountable or baffling effects.
tr.v. mag·icked, mag·ick·ing, mag·ics
1. To produce, alter, or cause by or as if by magic: "Intelligent warm-hearted Gertrude had magicked him into happiness" (Iris Murdoch).
2. To cause to disappear by or as if by magic. Used with away: His shoes had been magicked away in the night.

[Middle English magik, from Old French magique, from Late Latin magica, from Latin magicē, from Greek magikē, from feminine of magikos, of the Magi, magical, from magos, magician, magus; see magus.]


1. the art that, by use of spells, supposedly invokes supernatural powers to influence events; sorcery
2. the practice of this art
3. the practice of illusory tricks to entertain other people; conjuring
4. any mysterious or extraordinary quality or power: the magic of springtime.
5. like magic very quickly
6. of or relating to magic: a magic spell.
7. possessing or considered to possess mysterious powers: a magic wand.
8. unaccountably enchanting: magic beauty.
9. informal wonderful; marvellous; exciting
vb (tr) , -ics, -icking or -icked
10. to transform or produce by or as if by magic
11. (foll by away) to cause to disappear by or as if by magic
[C14: via Old French magique, from Greek magikē witchcraft, from magos magus]
ˈmagical adj
ˈmagically adv


(ˈmædʒ ɪk)

1. the art of producing illusions, as by sleight of hand.
2. the practice of using various techniques, as incantation, to exert control over the supernatural or the forces of nature.
3. a result of such practice.
4. power or influence exerted through this practice.
5. any extraordinary influence or power: the magic of fame.
6. done by or employed in magic: a magic trick.
7. mysteriously enchanting, skillful, or effective.
[1350–1400; < Late Latin magica, Latin magicē < Greek magikḗ, feminine of magikós. See Magus, -ic]


  • aeaeae - Meaning "magic," it is derived from aealae artes, "magic arts."
  • elicit - Comes from a Latin stem meaning "draw forth by magic or trickery."
  • glamour - First meant "magic, enchantment" or "art of contriving magic spells."
  • magic - Named for the magi, who were regarded as magicians.


a reliance upon incantations or charms, often inscribed upon amulets, to ward off calamity. — abracadabra, n.
the acting out of magic rites or the recital of incantatory formulas to ward off evil. — apotropaic, adj.
Obsolete. forms of magic that require the invocation or assistance of demons.
a conjurer or magician who creates illusions, as by sleight of hand.
an African variety of magical fetishism characterized by the wearing of an exotic amulet called a juju. — jujuist, n.
skill in or practice of feats of dexterity that create a magical illusion. — legerdemainist, n.
1. change in form, structure, appearance, etc.
2. magical transformation. — metamorphic, metamorphous, adj.
1. a kind of sorcery practiced by the black people of Africa, the West Indies, and elsewhere. Also called obi, obism.
2. the wearing of an obeah, a fetish or charm. Also called obi.
the belief among American Indians that a ceremony characterized by magic, feasting, and dancing can cure disease, ensure the success of a hunt or battle, etc. — powwow, n.
the art of legerdemain; sleight of hand. — prestidigitator, n. — prestidigitatorial, prestidigitatory, adj.
a condition of being exceptional or bizarre, beyond the realm of the ordinary course of nature. — preternatural, adj.
the art, practices, or spells of a person who is supposed to exercise supernatural powers through the aid of evil spirits; black magic; witchery. — sorcerer, n. — sorcerous, adj.
a form of divination involving drawing lots.
1. the condition or quality of existing outside the known experience of man or caused by forces beyond those of nature.
2. belief in supernatural events or forces. Also supranaturalism. — supernaturalist, n., adj. — supernatural, supernaturalistic, adj.
supematuralism. — supranaturalist, n., adj. — supranatural, supranaturalistic, adj.
the belief that a part of a person or object can act in place of the whole and thus that anything done to the part will equally affect the whole.
the quality of being able to perform magie. — thaumaturgist, n. — thaumaturgic, adj. — thaumaturgy, n.
a magician who persuades or compels a supernatural being to do or refrain from doing something. — theurgy, n. — theurgic, theurgical, adj.
1. the religious rites or practices, including magie or sorcery, of certain West Indian black people.
2. the practice of sorcery. — voodooist, n.
Archaic. sorcery; the craft or practice of a warlock.
witchcraft or sorcery.
the art or practice of a wizard; sorcery; magic. — wizard, n., adj.
Middle East. 1. the practice of atheism.
2. the practice of heretical magie, especially with fire. — Zendic, Zendik, n. — Zendaic, adj.



abracadabra A magical incantation or conjuration; any meaningless magical formula; nonsense, gibberish. Although the precise origin of this ancient rune is not known, it is said to be made up from the initials of the Hebrew words ab ’father,’ ben ‘son,’ and Ruach Acadosch ‘Holy Spirit.’ Formerly believed to have magical healing powers, the word was written in triangular form on parchment and hung from the neck by a linen thread as a charm against disease and adversity. By extension, abracadabra is also commonly used to mean nonsense, jargon, and gibberish, as in:

Leave him … to retaliate the nonsense of blasphemy with the abracadabra of presumption. (Coleridge, Aids to Reflection, 1824)

hocus-pocus A conjurer’s incantation, a magic formula or charm; sleight of hand, legerdemain; trickery, deception; mumbo jumbo, gobbledegook, nonsense. The original 17th-century meaning of the term, now obsolete, was ‘a juggler, a conjurer.’ According to the OED, this use of the term was apparently an eponymic extension of a certain magician’s assumed name. The name itself is thought to have derived from the mock Latin incantation which he used: ‘Hocus pocus, tontus talontus, vade céleri ter jubeo.’ It has also been theorized that hocus-pocus was a corruption of the Latin words hoc est corpus ‘here is the body,’ uttered by priests at the consecration of the mass. Magicians and conjurers picked up the sounds in mocking imitation.

These insurgent legions … which, by the sudden hocus pocus of political affairs, are transformed into loyal soldiers. (Washington Irving, Life and Letters, 1843)

magic carpet A means of transportation that defies conventional limitations such as gravity, space, or time; a means of reaching any imaginable place. Stories tell of legendary characters who owned magic silk carpets that could be ordered to take a rider wherever he wanted to go. Today the phrase is used figuratively to describe something which has a magical “transporting” effect, such as drugs, or as in the following quotation, a good book.

His Magic Carpet is a book of travels, by means of which he is transported into lands that he is fated never to see. (Times Literary Supplement, August 20, 1931)

open sesame See SOLUTION.


1. 'magic' used as a noun

Magic is a special power that occurs in children's stories and that some people believe exists. It can make apparently impossible things happen.

Janoo-Bai was suspected of practising magic.
2. 'magic' used as an adjective

You use magic in front of a noun to indicate that an object or utterance does things or appears to do things by magic.

...a magic potion.
...the magic password.
3. 'magical'

Magical can be used with a similar meaning.

...magical garments.
...a magical car.

You also use magical to say that something involves magic or is produced by magic.

...medieval magical practices.
...a little boy who has magical powers.
4. another meaning

Magic and magical can also be used to say that something is wonderful and exciting.

...a truly magic moment.
The journey had lost its magical quality.


Past participle: magicked
Gerund: magicking

I magic
you magic
he/she/it magics
we magic
you magic
they magic
I magicked
you magicked
he/she/it magicked
we magicked
you magicked
they magicked
Present Continuous
I am magicking
you are magicking
he/she/it is magicking
we are magicking
you are magicking
they are magicking
Present Perfect
I have magicked
you have magicked
he/she/it has magicked
we have magicked
you have magicked
they have magicked
Past Continuous
I was magicking
you were magicking
he/she/it was magicking
we were magicking
you were magicking
they were magicking
Past Perfect
I had magicked
you had magicked
he/she/it had magicked
we had magicked
you had magicked
they had magicked
I will magic
you will magic
he/she/it will magic
we will magic
you will magic
they will magic
Future Perfect
I will have magicked
you will have magicked
he/she/it will have magicked
we will have magicked
you will have magicked
they will have magicked
Future Continuous
I will be magicking
you will be magicking
he/she/it will be magicking
we will be magicking
you will be magicking
they will be magicking
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been magicking
you have been magicking
he/she/it has been magicking
we have been magicking
you have been magicking
they have been magicking
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been magicking
you will have been magicking
he/she/it will have been magicking
we will have been magicking
you will have been magicking
they will have been magicking
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been magicking
you had been magicking
he/she/it had been magicking
we had been magicking
you had been magicking
they had been magicking
I would magic
you would magic
he/she/it would magic
we would magic
you would magic
they would magic
Past Conditional
I would have magicked
you would have magicked
he/she/it would have magicked
we would have magicked
you would have magicked
they would have magicked
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.magic - any art that invokes supernatural powersmagic - any art that invokes supernatural powers
supernaturalism - a belief in forces beyond ordinary human understanding
juju - the power associated with a juju
mojo - a magic power or magic spell
conjuring, conjury, conjuration, invocation - calling up a spirit or devil
black art, black magic, necromancy, sorcery - the belief in magical spells that harness occult forces or evil spirits to produce unnatural effects in the world
white magic - magic used only for good purposes
2.magic - an illusory featmagic - 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
prestidigitation, sleight of hand - manual dexterity in the execution of tricks
Adj.1.magic - possessing or using or characteristic of or appropriate to supernatural powersmagic - possessing or using or characteristic of or appropriate to supernatural powers; "charming incantations"; "magic signs that protect against adverse influence"; "a magical spell"; "'tis now the very witching time of night"- Shakespeare; "wizard wands"; "wizardly powers"
supernatural - not existing in nature or subject to explanation according to natural laws; not physical or material; "supernatural forces and occurrences and beings"


1. sorcery, wizardry, witchcraft, enchantment, occultism, black art, spells, necromancy, sortilege, theurgy Legends say that Merlin raised the stones by magic.
2. conjuring, illusion, trickery, sleight of hand, smoke and mirrors, hocus-pocus, jiggery-pokery (informal, chiefly Brit.), legerdemain, prestidigitation, jugglery His secret hobby: performing magic.
3. charm, power, glamour, fascination, magnetism, enchantment, allurement The singer believes he can still regain some of his old magic.
1. supernatural, enchanted, occult, thaumaturgic (rare) So it's a magic potion?
2. miraculous, entrancing, charming, fascinating, marvellous, magical, magnetic, enchanting, bewitching, spellbinding, sorcerous Then came those magic moments in the rose-garden.
3. marvellous, wonderful, excellent, brilliant (informal), fabulous (informal), terrific (informal), fab (informal), brill (informal) It was magic - one of the best days of my life.


1. The use of supernatural powers to influence or predict events:
2. An object or power that one uses to cause often evil events:
Slang: whammy.
3. The use of skillful tricks and deceptions to produce entertainingly baffling effects:
Having, brought about by, or relating to supernatural powers or magic:
سحرسِحْرسِحْرٌسِحْر، فِتْنَه، جَمالسِحْري
kouzelnýkouzločarodějná mockouzelnickýkouzla
magimagiskmagisk krafttrolddomtrylle-
töfra-, galdra-töfrartöfrar, galdur
burvībaburvju-fokussmaģija, burvestībatriks
čarodejná mockúzelnýkúzla
sự thần kỳthần kỳ


A. N (lit, fig) → magia f
as if by magiccomo por arte de magia, como por encanto
this bath oil works magic for tired and aching limbseste aceite de baño es mágico para brazos y piernas doloridos y cansados
the magic of Hollywoodla magia de Hollywood
the old magic was still there (in relationship) → todavía existía algo especial entre ellos/nosotros
see also black D
see also white C
1. (relating to spells, sorcery) [solution, word] → mágico
you just have to say the magic word and we'll forget all about itbasta con que digas la palabra mágica y olvidaremos todo el asunto
there is no magic formula for successno existe una fórmula mágica para el éxito
2. (= captivating) [moment] → especial
he hasn't lost his magic touchno ha perdido ese toque especial suyo
3. (= super) → fabuloso, estupendo
"did you enjoy it?" - "it was magic"-¿te gustó? -fue fabuloso or estupendo
C. CPD magic bullet N (Med, also fig) → panacea f
magic carpet Nalfombra f mágica
magic circle Ncírculo m mágico
magic lantern Nlinterna f mágica
magic mushrooms NPLsetas fpl alucinógenas, hongos mpl alucinógenos
magic realism N (Literat) → realismo m mágico
magic spell Nhechizo m, encanto m
magic square N (Math) → cuadrado m mágico
magic trick Ntruco m de magia
magic wand Nvarita f mágica
magic away VT + ADVhacer desaparecer como por arte de magia
magic up VT + ADVhacer aparecer como por arte de magia


(= supernatural power) → magie f
as if by magic → comme par magie
like magic → comme par magie
(= entertainment) → magie f
My hobby is magic → Mon passe-temps, c'est la magie.
(= special quality) → magie f
the magic of Christmas → la magie de Noël
[spell, charm] → magique
[formula, cure, solution] → miracle
There is no magic cure → Il n'y a pas de remède miracle.
the magic number → le chiffre magique
the magic word → le sésame
[show] → magique
a magic trick → un tour de magie
(= wonderful) → magique
It was magic! → C'était magique!


Magie f, → Zauberei f, → Zauberkunst f; the witch doctor tried magic to cure the womander Medizinmann versuchte, die Frau durch Magie zu heilen; he entertained them with a display of magicer unterhielt sie mit ein paar Zauberkunststücken; he made the spoon disappear by magicer zauberte den Löffel weg; you don’t expect the essay to write itself by magic?glaubst du, dass der Aufsatz sich von alleine schreibt?; as if by magicwie durch Zauberei or Zauberhand, wie durch ein Wunder; it worked like magic (inf)es klappte or lief wie am Schnürchen (inf)
(= mysterious charm)Zauber m
Zauber-; powers, squaremagisch; momentzauberhaft; magic formulaZauberformel f; (fig)Patentrezept nt; the magic word (having special effect) → das Stichwort; (making sth possible) → das Zauberwort; a pianist with the magic touchein begnadeter Pianist; he gave it his magic touch and it workeder hat es nur angefasst und schon funktionierte es; he hasn’t lost his magic toucher hat nichts von seiner Genialität verloren; “The Magic Flute”„Die Zauberflöte“
(inf: = fantastic) → toll (inf), → super (inf)


magic bullet
n (inf, Med: for cancer) selektiv wirksames Krebsmedikament, das nur die kranken Zellen zerstört (US fig) → Patentlösung f
magic carpet
magic circle
Zauberkreis m
(fig: = cabal) → Clique f
Magic Circle (= organization)Gilde fder Zauberkünstler
magic eye


magic lantern
magic mushroom
n (inf)Magic Mushroom m
magic realism
n (Liter) → magischer Realismus
magic spell
nZauber m; (= words)Zauberspruch m; the witch cast a magic on herdie Hexe verzauberte sie
magic wand
nZauberstab m; to wave a magic (lit, fig)den Zauberstab schwingen; there is no magic to bring about political changeein politischer Wandel lässt sich nicht herbeizaubern


1. adj (spell) → magico/a; (beauty) → straordinario/a
to say the magic word → pronunciare la parola magica
2. nmagia; (conjuring tricks) → giochi mpl di prestigio
like magic → come per magia or per incanto


(ˈmӕdʒik) noun
1. (the charms, spells etc used in) the art or practice of using supernatural forces. The prince was turned by magic into a frog.
2. the art of producing illusions by tricks. The conjuror's magic delighted the children.
3. fascination or great charm. the magic of Turner's paintings.
used in or using magic. a magic wand; a magic spell.
ˈmagical adjective
1. produced by, or as if by, the art of magic. magical power.
2. fascinating; charming or very beautiful. a magical experience.
ˈmagically adverb
maˈgician (məˈdʒiʃən) noun
a person skilled in the art of magic. They hired a magician to entertain the children.


سِحْرٌ, سِحْرِيُّ kouzelný, kouzlo magi, magisk magisch, Zauberei μαγεία, μαγικός magia, mágico taika, taika- magie, magique čaroban, čarolija magia, magico 魔法, 魔法の 마술, 마술의 magie, magisch magi, magisk magia, magiczny magia, mágico волшебный, магия magi, magisk เวทมนตร์, วิเศษ büyü, büyülü sự thần kỳ, thần kỳ 有魔力的, 魔术
References in classic literature ?
Take the magic spell, And use it well, Or its power will vanish soon!
I felt the old pull of the earth, the solemn magic that comes out of those fields at nightfall.
Voices grew loud and angry, and a hundred savages appeared, as it were, by magic, where a dozen only had been seen a minute before.
As if called to the surface by the magic of her voice, he rose a few yards from her in mid-current, and turned his fading eyes towards the bank.
We have already hinted that it is not our purpose to trace down the history of the Pyncheon family, in its unbroken connection with the House of the Seven Gables; nor to show, as in a magic picture, how the rustiness and infirmity of age gathered over the venerable house itself.
The room itself is cobwebbed, and dingy with old paint; its floor is strewn with grey sand, in a fashion that has elsewhere fallen into long disuse; and it is easy to conclude, from the general slovenliness of the place, that this is a sanctuary into which womankind, with her tools of magic, the broom and mop, has very infrequent access.
These magic books and the poetic scrawl were forthwith consigned to the flames by Hans Van Ripper; who, from that time forward, determined to send his children no more to school; observing that he never knew any good come of this same reading and writing.
But though the picture lies thus tranced, and though this pine-tree shakes down its sighs like leaves upon this shepherd's head, yet all were vain, unless the shepherd's eye were fixed upon the magic stream before him.
But as he did so, the oarsmen expectantly desisted from rowing; the boat drifted a little towards the ship's stern; so that, as if by magic, the letter suddenly ranged along with Gabriel's eager hand.
When in the end Tamoszius Kuszleika has reached her side, and is waving his magic wand above her, Ona's cheeks are scarlet, and she looks as if she would have to get up and run away.
The magic of the real presence of distress,--the imploring human eye, the frail, trembling human hand, the despairing appeal of helpless agony,--these he had never tried.
And that man intends to put a girdling ditch round the whole in the course of forty months, and so redeem it by the magic of his spade.