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magical

[maj-i-kuh l]
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  1. produced by or as if by magic: The change in the appearance of the room was magical.
  2. mysteriously enchanting: a magical night.
  3. of or relating to magic.

Origin of magical

First recorded in 1545–55; magic + -al1
Related formsmag·i·cal·ly, adverbhy·per·mag·i·cal, adjectivehy·per·mag·i·cal·ly, adverbqua·si-mag·i·cal, adjectivequa·si-mag·i·cal·ly, adverbsem·i·mag·i·cal, adjectivesem·i·mag·i·cal·ly, adverbun·mag·i·cal, adjectiveun·mag·i·cal·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for magical

Contemporary Examples

Historical Examples

  • All the magical phrases in the play are phrases of jealousy, passion, and pity.

  • But for this magical aid, Olivo's lot would still have been the same.

    Casanova's Homecoming

    Arthur Schnitzler

  • Such is the magical action and reaction of minds upon each other.

    Self-Help

    Samuel Smiles

  • That she should ask anything in these magical days that he could not at once lay at her feet!

    The Coryston Family

    Mrs. Humphry Ward

  • Some of the oldest romances in the world have to do with the magical operation of the mirror.

    Storyology

    Benjamin Taylor


Word Origin and History for magical

adj.

1550s, from magic (n.) + -al (1). Related: Magically.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper