prestidigitation


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pres·ti·dig·i·ta·tion

 (prĕs′tĭ-dĭj′ĭ-tā′shən)
n.
1. Performance of or skill in performing magic or conjuring tricks with the hands; sleight of hand.
2. Skill or cleverness, especially in deceiving others.

[French (influenced by prestigiateur, juggler, conjurer, from prestige, illusion), from prestidigitateur, conjurer : preste, nimble (from Italian presto; see presto) + Latin digitus, finger; see digit.]

pres′ti·dig′i·ta′tor n.

prestidigitation

(ˌprɛstɪˌdɪdʒɪˈteɪʃən)
n
another name for sleight of hand
[C19: from French: quick-fingeredness, from Latin praestigiae feats of juggling, tricks, probably influenced by French preste nimble, and Latin digitus finger; see prestige]
ˌprestiˈdigiˌtator n

pres•ti•dig•i•ta•tion

(ˌprɛs tɪˌdɪdʒ ɪˈteɪ ʃən)

n.
sleight of hand; legerdemain.
[1855–60; < French, = preste nimble (< Italian; see presto) + Latin digit(us) finger + French -ation -ation]
pres`ti•dig′i•ta`tor, n.

prestidigitation

the art of legerdemain; sleight of hand. — prestidigitator, n.prestidigitatorial, prestidigitatory, adj.
See also: Performing
the art of legerdemain; sleight of hand. — prestidigitator, n. — prestidigitatorial, prestidigitatory, adj.
See also: Magic
the performance of tricks and illusions by the quick and skillful use of the hands; conjuring; sleight of hand. Also called prestigiation. — prestidigitator, n.prestidigitatorial, prestidigitatory, adj.
See also: Hands
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.prestidigitation - manual dexterity in the execution of tricks
conjuring trick, legerdemain, magic trick, thaumaturgy, magic, deception, conjuration, illusion, trick - an illusory feat; considered magical by naive observers

prestidigitation

noun
The use of skillful tricks and deceptions to produce entertainingly baffling effects:
Translations

prestidigitation

[ˈprestɪˌdɪdʒɪˈteɪʃən] Nprestidigitación f

prestidigitation

n (form)Fingerfertigkeit f, → Geschicklichkeit f
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