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leg·er·de·main

 (lĕj′ər-də-mān′)
n.
1. Sleight of hand.
2. Deceitful cleverness; trickery: financial legerdemain.

[Middle English legerdemayn, from Old French leger de main : leger, light (from Vulgar Latin *leviārius, from Latin levis; see legwh- in Indo-European roots) + de, of (from Latin ; see de-) + main, hand; see mortmain.]
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legerdemain

(ˌlɛdʒədəˈmeɪn)
n
1. (Theatre) another name for sleight of hand
2. cunning deception or trickery
[C15: from Old French: light of hand]
ˌlegerdeˈmainist n
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leg•er•de•main

(ˌlɛdʒ ər dəˈmeɪn)

n.
1. sleight of hand.
2. trickery; deception.
3. any artful trick.
[1400–50; late Middle English legerdemeyn, lygarde de mayne < Middle French: literally, light of hand]
leg`er•de•main′ist, n.
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legerdemain

- "Slight of hand, conjuring tricks," from French, literally "light of hand."
See also related terms for slight.
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legerdemain

skill in or practice of feats of dexterity that create a magical illusion. — legerdemainist, n.
See also: Performing
skill in or practice of feats of dexterity that create a magical illusion. — legerdemainist, n.
See also: Magic
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.legerdemain - an illusory featlegerdemain - an illusory feat; considered magical by naive observers
performance - the act of presenting a play or a piece of music or other entertainment; "we congratulated him on his performance at the rehearsal"; "an inspired performance of Mozart's C minor concerto"
card trick - a trick performed with playing cards
prestidigitation, sleight of hand - manual dexterity in the execution of tricks
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legerdemain

noun
1. sleight of hand, prestidigitation the kind of legerdemain you'd expect from a magician
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legerdemain

noun
The use of skillful tricks and deceptions to produce entertainingly baffling effects:
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Translations

legerdemain

[ˈledʒədəˈmeɪn] Njuego m de manos, prestidigitación f
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legerdemain

nTaschenspielerei f
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References in classic literature ?
(I fear now) a little like a professor of legerdemain. David was sitting up, and he immediately fixed his eyes on me.
Not so the sailor, beholding the scenery of the Antarctic seas; where at times, by some infernal trick of legerdemain in the powers of frost and air, he, shivering and half shipwrecked, instead of rainbows speaking hope and solace to his misery, views what seems a boundless church-yard grinning upon him with its lean ice monuments and splintered crosses.
Every little while he would bend down and take hold of the edge of the blanket with the extreme tips of his fingertips, as if to show there was no deception--chattering away all the while--but always, just as I was expecting to see a wonder feat of legerdemain, he would let go the blanket and rise to explain further.