synonyms, antonyms, definitions, examples & translations of magic in English

English Online Dictionary. What means magic‎? What does magic mean?

  • magick (fantasy or occult, otherwise obsolete)
  • magicke (obsolete)
  • magique (obsolete)

From Middle English magik, magyk, from Old French magique (noun and adjective), from Latin magicus (adjective), magica (noun use of feminine form of magicus), from Ancient Greek μαγικός (magikós, magical), from μάγος (mágos, magus). Ultimately from Old Iranian, probably derived from Proto-Indo-European *meh₂gʰ- (to be able to, to help; power, sorcerer). Displaced native Old English ġealdor (survived in Middle English galder), and dwimmer.

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈmad͡ʒɪk/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈmæd͡ʒɪk/
  • Rhymes: -æd͡ʒɪk

magic (usually uncountable, plural magics)

  1. The application of rituals or actions, especially those based on occult knowledge, to subdue or manipulate natural or supernatural beings and forces in order to have some benefit from them. [from 14th c.]
  2. A specific ritual or procedure associated with such magic; a spell; a magical ability. [from 14th c.]
  3. The supernatural forces which are drawn on in such a ritual.
  4. (gaming, countable) The ability to cast a magic spell.
  5. Something producing successful and remarkable results, especially when not fully understood; an enchanting quality; exceptional skill. [from 17th c.]
    1. (computing, slang) Complicated or esoteric code that is not expected to be generally understood.
  6. A conjuring trick or illusion performed to give the appearance of supernatural phenomena or powers. [from 19th c.]
  7. The art or practice of performing conjuring tricks and illusions.
  • (allegedly supernatural method to dominate natural forces): dwimmer, dweomercraft/dwimmercraft, thaumaturgy, conjuring, sorcery, witchery, witchcraft, wizardry, wizardcraft, warlockry, hexcraft, spellcraft, spellcasting, spellwork, charmwork, wandwork, enchantment
  • (illusion performed to give the appearance of magic or the supernatural): sleight of hand, illusionism, legerdemain, dwimmer
  • See also magical § Derived terms
  • magician
  • Japanese: マジック (majikku)

magic (not comparable)

  1. Having supernatural talents, properties or qualities attributed to magic. [from 14th c.]
    Synonym: magical
  2. Producing extraordinary results, as though through the use of magic. [from 17th c.]
    Synonyms: wonderful, amazing
  3. Pertaining to conjuring tricks or illusions performed for entertainment etc. [from 19th c.]
    Synonym: magical
  4. (colloquial) Great; excellent. [from 20th c.]
  5. (physics) Describing the number of nucleons in a particularly stable isotopic nucleus; 2, 8, 20, 28, 50, 82, 126, and 184. [from 20th c.]
  6. (programming) Being a literal number or string value with no meaning or context, not defined as a constant or variable [from 20th c.]

magic (third-person singular simple present magics, present participle magicking, simple past and past participle magicked)

  1. (transitive) To produce, transform (something), (as if) by magic. [from 20th c.]
    Synonyms: conjure up, magic up
  • magic up
  • gamic

magic m (feminine singular magica, masculine plural magics, feminine plural magicas)

  1. magic, magical
  • magicament
  • magia

Borrowed from French magique. By surface analysis, magie +‎ -ic.

  • IPA(key): /ˈma.d͡ʒik/

magic m or n (feminine singular magică, masculine plural magici, feminine and neuter plural magice)

  1. magical
  • magic in DEX online—Dicționare ale limbii române (Dictionaries of the Romanian language)

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