Superstitious magic

the invocation of devils or demons, involving the supposition of some tacit or express agreement between them and human beings.

See also: Magic

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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Expressing all due uncertainty regarding his conclusions due to the text's fragmentary nature, he nonetheless offers the plausible interpretation that "the key lines of fragment 24 must be understood as a summons to the faithful pursuit of wisdom" and an exhortation "to keep away from illegitimate sources of revelation through superstitious magic" (p.