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The working of miracles or magic feats.

thau′ma·tur′gic, thau′ma·tur′gi·cal adj.


(ˈθɔ məˌtɜr dʒi)

the working of miracles; magic.
[1720–30; < Greek thaumatourgía]



the working of wonders or miracles; magie. — thaumaturgist, thaumaturge, thaumaturgus, n. — thaumaturgic, thaumaturgical, adj.
See also: Miracles
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.thaumaturgy - any art that invokes supernatural powersthaumaturgy - any art that invokes supernatural powers
supernaturalism - a belief in forces beyond ordinary human understanding
juju - the power associated with a juju
mojo - a magic power or magic spell
conjuring, conjury, conjuration, invocation - calling up a spirit or devil
black art, black magic, necromancy, sorcery - the belief in magical spells that harness occult forces or evil spirits to produce unnatural effects in the world
white magic - magic used only for good purposes
2.thaumaturgy - an illusory featthaumaturgy - 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


The use of supernatural powers to influence or predict events:
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We are, according to Bionoetics, now in a position to resacralize nature, to reintroduce the reality of thaumaturgy in the context of ritual, without sacrificing "techne", instrumental science.
While driving through the forests of Northwest Russia to meet up with some friends for a nature vacation he picks up a couple of local hitchhikers, who persuade him to come work with them at the National Institute for the Technology of Witchcraft and Thaumaturgy, or NITWiT.
At the same time, both of the supposedly conflicting parties recognized and purposefully utilized the power of such central elements in popular religion as thaumaturgy, martyrology, and eschatology.
In Bellis's understanding, crisis energy comes about as a result of reality attempting to become what it is not: "It was theoretical physics and thaumaturgy of astonishing complexity.
With the absence of knowledge about the true mechanisms through which diseases arise, the rural population created quasi-magical knowledge based on thaumaturgy and religious interpretations.
1990: Thaumaturgy in contemporary traditional religion: the case of Nso' in mid-century', Journal of Religion in Africa 20 (3): 226-47.
Moreover, such groups drew heavily on what Margry calls the "instrumental" and "traditional" modes of piety so important to Southern Italians, where prayer took on an almost magical role in providing healing and protection, where displays of thaumaturgy became synonymous with personal sanctity.
He used to come into my office at odd hours and curl his mouth: "Still squeezing out those precis of novels, are you?" (His ideal was not scholarship but thaumaturgy.) But I did feel a subcutaneous sympathy between us, a kind of bond between self-made outsiders.
There is a strong correlation between sound-art and thaumaturgy (miracleworking by secret means).
He told her about the blasphemous 'thaumaturgy' practised by David and asked Sylvia if she was in the habit of reading tea leaves or cards in front of her troubled son.