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n. pl. ma·gi (mā′jī′)
1. A member of the Zoroastrian priestly caste of the Medes and Persians.
2. Magus In the New Testament, one of the wise men from the East, traditionally held to be three, who traveled to Bethlehem to pay homage to the infant Jesus.
3. A sorcerer; a magician.

[From Middle English magi, magi, from Latin magī, pl. of magus, sorcerer, magus, from Greek magos, from Old Persian maguš; see magh- in Indo-European roots.]

ma′gi·an (mā′jē-ən) adj.


n, pl magi (ˈmeɪdʒaɪ)
1. (Other Non-Christian Religions) a Zoroastrian priest
2. an astrologer, sorcerer, or magician of ancient times
[C14: from Latin, from Greek magos, from Old Persian magus magician]


(Bible) Simon Magus New Testament a sorcerer who tried to buy spiritual powers from the apostles (Acts 8:9-24)


(ˈmeɪ gəs)

n., pl. -gi (-jī).
1. (sometimes l.c.) one of the Magi.
2. (l.c.) a magician; sorcerer.
3. (sometimes l.c.) a Zoroastrian priest.
[1615–25; < Latin < Greek mágos < Old Persian maguš; compare Avestan moγu]


- A person regarded as having great wisdom or powers likened to those of a magician.
See also related terms for magician.


Originally meaning a priest of the Zoroastrian religion, this came to refer to a magician or sorcerer.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.magus - a magician or sorcerer of ancient timesmagus - a magician or sorcerer of ancient times
necromancer, sorcerer, thaumaturge, thaumaturgist, wizard, magician - one who practices magic or sorcery
2.magus - a member of the Zoroastrian priesthood of the ancient Persiansmagus - a member of the Zoroastrian priesthood of the ancient Persians
non-Christian priest, priest - a person who performs religious duties and ceremonies in a non-Christian religion
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