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pres·ti·dig·i·ta·tion

 (prĕs′tĭ-dĭj′ĭ-tā′shən)
n.
1. Performance of or skill in performing magic or conjuring tricks with the hands; sleight of hand.
2. Skill or cleverness, especially in deceiving others.

[French (influenced by prestigiateur, juggler, conjurer, from prestige, illusion), from prestidigitateur, conjurer : preste, nimble (from Italian presto; see presto) + Latin digitus, finger; see digit.]

pres′ti·dig′i·ta′tor n.

prestidigitation

(ˌprɛstɪˌdɪdʒɪˈteɪʃən)
n
another name for sleight of hand
[C19: from French: quick-fingeredness, from Latin praestigiae feats of juggling, tricks, probably influenced by French preste nimble, and Latin digitus finger; see prestige]
ˌprestiˈdigiˌtator n

pres•ti•dig•i•ta•tion

(ˌprɛs tɪˌdɪdʒ ɪˈteɪ ʃən)

n.
sleight of hand; legerdemain.
[1855–60; < French, = preste nimble (< Italian; see presto) + Latin digit(us) finger + French -ation -ation]
pres`ti•dig′i•ta`tor, n.

prestidigitation

the art of legerdemain; sleight of hand. — prestidigitator, n.prestidigitatorial, prestidigitatory, adj.
See also: Performing
the art of legerdemain; sleight of hand. — prestidigitator, n. — prestidigitatorial, prestidigitatory, adj.
See also: Magic
the performance of tricks and illusions by the quick and skillful use of the hands; conjuring; sleight of hand. Also called prestigiation. — prestidigitator, n.prestidigitatorial, prestidigitatory, adj.
See also: Hands
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.prestidigitation - manual dexterity in the execution of tricks
conjuring trick, legerdemain, magic trick, thaumaturgy, magic, deception, conjuration, illusion, trick - an illusory feat; considered magical by naive observers

prestidigitation

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

prestidigitation

[ˈprestɪˌdɪdʒɪˈteɪʃən] Nprestidigitación f

prestidigitation

n (form)Fingerfertigkeit f, → Geschicklichkeit f
References in classic literature ?
But your boss comes in every day as perky and set up as an amateur prestidigitator doing the egg trick.
Plates of meat swimming in gravy were handed round by boys in white jackets, and as they flung each plate down with the quick gesture of a prestidigitator the gravy slopped over on to the table-cloth.
In the midst of this global turmoil, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, UBS, Deutsche Bank, Citibank, JP Morgan Chase, and their ilk--eminent institutions all--are full of dazzling financial prestidigitators. But they are too big to fail and too dependent on government to succeed.
It was clearly an act of group hypnotism, which quite a number of prestidigitators can also easily and breezily pull off-but, what about the individual factor?
The stage was dark and sliced only by a single beam, because of the light they turn on at the front of the stage when the show is over, which they call the "ghost light." And in this darkness, on this stage, in this fairly sinister blackness, two Chinese people were repacking their luggage, like us, the diminutive and fragile luggage of prestidigitators, consisting of a few boxes, stacked together, of artificial flowers, and their yellow faces expressed an incurable melancholy.