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

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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