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2. magical transformation. — metamorphic, metamorphous, adj.
2. the wearing of an obeah, a fetish or charm. Also called obi.
2. belief in supernatural events or forces. Also supranaturalism. — supernaturalist, n., adj. — supernatural, supernaturalistic, adj.
2. the practice of sorcery. — voodooist, n.
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.
Magic is a special power that occurs in children's stories and that some people believe exists. It can make apparently impossible things happen.
You use magic in front of a noun to indicate that an object or utterance does things or appears to do things by magic.
Magical can be used with a similar meaning.
You also use magical to say that something involves magic or is produced by magic.
Magic and magical can also be used to say that something is wonderful and exciting.
Past participle: magicked
|Noun||1.||magic - 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
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 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
|Adj.||1.||magic - 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"
as if by magic → como por arte de magia, como por encanto
this bath oil works magic for tired and aching limbs → este aceite de baño es mágico para brazos y piernas doloridos y cansados
the magic of Hollywood → la 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
you just have to say the magic word and we'll forget all about it → basta con que digas la palabra mágica y olvidaremos todo el asunto
there is no magic formula for success → no existe una fórmula mágica para el éxito
he hasn't lost his magic touch → no ha perdido ese toque especial suyo
magic carpet N → alfombra f mágica
magic circle N → círculo m mágico
magic lantern N → linterna f mágica
magic mushrooms NPL → setas fpl alucinógenas, hongos mpl alucinógenos
magic realism N (Literat) → realismo m mágico
magic spell N → hechizo m, encanto m
magic square N (Math) → cuadrado m mágico
magic trick N → truco m de magia
magic wand N → varita f mágica