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n. pl. the·ur·gies
1. Divine or supernatural intervention in human affairs.
2. Magic performed with the supposed aid of beneficent spirits, as formerly practiced by the Neoplatonists.

[Late Latin theūrgia, from Greek theourgiā, sacramental rite, mystery : theo-, theo- + -ourgiā, -urgy.]

the·ur′gic, the·ur′gi·cal adj.
the·ur′gi·cal·ly adv.
the′ur·gist n.


n, pl -gies
1. (Theology)
a. the intervention of a divine or supernatural agency in the affairs of man
b. the working of miracles by such intervention
2. (Theology) beneficent magic as taught and performed by Egyptian Neoplatonists and others
[C16: from Late Latin theūrgia, from Late Greek theourgia the practice of magic, from theo- theo- + -urgia, from ergon work]
theˈurgic, theˈurgical adj
theˈurgically adv
ˈtheurgist n


(ˈθi ɜr dʒi)

n., pl. -gies.
the working of a divine agency in human affairs.
[1560–70; < Late Latin theūrgia < Greek theourgeía magic. See the-, -urgy]
the•ur′gic, the•ur′gi•cal, adj.
the′ur•gist, n.


1. the working of some divine or supernatural agency in human affairs.
2. the art of invoking deities or spirits for aid or information or knowledge unachievable through human reason.
3. a divine act; miracle.
4. a system of supernatural knowledge or powers believed bequeathed to the Egyptian Platonists by beneficent deities. — theurgist, n.theurgic, theurgical, adj.
See also: God and Gods
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.theurgy - the effect of supernatural or divine intervention in human affairs
causal agency, causal agent, cause - any entity that produces an effect or is responsible for events or results
occult, supernatural - supernatural forces and events and beings collectively; "She doesn't believe in the supernatural"
2.theurgy - white magic performed with the help of beneficent spirits (as formerly practiced by Neoplatonists)
white magic - magic used only for good purposes


The use of supernatural powers to influence or predict events:
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