imitative magic


noun

magic that attempts to control the universe through the mimicking of a desired event, as by stabbing an image of an enemy in an effort to destroy him or her or by performing a ritual dance imitative of the growth of food in an effort to secure an abundant supply; a branch of sympathetic magic based on the belief that similar actions produce similar results.

Nearby words

  1. imitate,
  2. imitation,
  3. imitation doublet,
  4. imitation is the sincerest form of flattery,
  5. imitative,
  6. imitator,
  7. imittós,
  8. immaculacy,
  9. immaculate,
  10. immaculate conception


Also called homeopathic magic.

homeopathic magic

noun

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