sympathetic magic

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sympathetic magic

n
(Alternative Belief Systems) a type of magic in which it is sought to produce a large-scale effect, often at a distance, by performing some small-scale ceremony resembling it, such as the pouring of water on an altar to induce rainfall
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sym′pathet′ic mag′ic


n.
magic predicated on the belief that one thing or event can affect another at a distance as a consequence of a sympathetic connection between them.
[1900–05]
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