conjuring


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con·jure

 (kŏn′jər, kən-jo͝or′)
v. con·jured, con·jur·ing, con·jures
v.tr.
1.
a. To summon (a devil or spirit) by magical or supernatural power.
b. To influence or effect by or as if by magic: tried to conjure away the doubts that beset her.
2.
a. To call or bring to mind; evoke: "Arizona conjures up an image of stark deserts for most Americans" (American Demographics).
b. To imagine; picture: "a sight to store away, then conjure up someday when they were no longer together" (Nelson DeMille).
3. Archaic To call on or entreat solemnly, especially by an oath.
v.intr.
1. To perform magic tricks, especially by sleight of hand.
2.
a. To summon a devil by magic or supernatural power.
b. To practice black magic.
n. (kŏn′jər) Chiefly Southern US
See hoodoo.
adj. Chiefly Southern US
Of or practicing folk magic: a conjure woman.

[Middle English conjuren, from Old French conjurer, to use a spell, from Late Latin coniūrāre, to pray by something holy, from Latin, to swear together : com-, com- + iūrāre, to swear; see yewes- in Indo-European roots.]

conjuring

(ˈkʌndʒərɪŋ)
n
the performance of tricks that appear to defy natural laws
adj
denoting or relating to such tricks or entertainment
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.conjuring - calling up a spirit or devilconjuring - calling up a spirit or devil  
magic, thaumaturgy - any art that invokes supernatural powers
summoning, evocation - calling up supposed supernatural forces by spells and incantations

conjuring

noun magic, juggling, trickery, sleight of hand, legerdemain, prestidigitation The show includes performances of conjuring, dancing, and exhibitions of strength.
Translations

conjuring

[ˈkʌndʒərɪŋ]
B. CPD conjuring trick Njuego m de manos

conjuring

nZaubern nt; (= performance)Zauberei f; conjuring trickZaubertrick m, → (Zauber)kunststück nt

conjuring

[ˈkʌndʒərɪŋ]
2. adj conjuring trickgioco di prestigio
References in classic literature ?
We're dismal enough without conjuring up ghosts and visions to perplex us.
All cleverness, whether in the rapid use of that difficult instrument the tongue, or in some other art unfamiliar to villagers, was in itself suspicious: honest folk, born and bred in a visible manner, were mostly not overwise or clever--at least, not beyond such a matter as knowing the signs of the weather; and the process by which rapidity and dexterity of any kind were acquired was so wholly hidden, that they partook of the nature of conjuring.
He swore one of his deepest oaths, and was about to utter some threat corresponding in violence, when he was diverted from his purpose, partly by his own attendants, who gathered around him conjuring him to be patient, partly by a general exclamation of the crowd, uttered in loud applause of the spirited conduct of Cedric.
My conductor pressed me forward, conjuring me in a whisper "to give no offence, which would be highly resented;" and therefore I durst not so much as stop my nose.
Leave off conjuring me," said Don Quixote, "and ask what thou wouldst know; I have already told thee I will answer with all possible precision.
Miss Mackenzie was in the place of honour, conjuring with a tea-pot and a cosy; and, behold
In a very few words he made his master acquainted with the truth, at the same time earnestly conjuring Richard to protect him from the displeasure of thc lodge I’ll do it, boy, I’ll do it,” cried the other, rubbing his hands with delight; “say nothing, but leave me to manage ‘Duke.
And this was the tribute paid by the American public to the master who had given to it such tales of conjuring charm, of witchery and mystery as "The Fall of the House of Usher" and "Ligea; such fascinating hoaxes as "The Unparalleled Adventure of Hans Pfaall," "MSS.
There I wandered about for many a year, and at last came back to the Punjaub, where I lived mostly among the natives and picked up a living by the conjuring tricks that I had learned.
Conjuring is gone out of fashion, and I will omit this conjugating, and go straight to affairs.
Again, it is certain that the archdeacon had been seized with a singular passion for the symbolical door of Notre- Dame, that page of a conjuring book written in stone, by Bishop Guillaume de Paris, who has, no doubt, been damned for having affixed so infernal a frontispiece to the sacred poem chanted by the rest of the edifice.
I WAS sitting on the bank, conjuring up this scene to myself, when George remarked that when I was quite rested, perhaps I would not mind helping to wash up; and, thus recalled from the days of the glorious past to the prosaic present, with all its misery and sin, I slid down into the boat and cleaned out the frying-pan with a stick of wood and a tuft of grass, polishing it up finally with George's wet shirt.