legerdemain

[ lej-er-duh-meyn ]
/ ˌlɛdʒ ər dəˈmeɪn /

noun

sleight of hand.
trickery; deception.
any artful trick.

Origin of legerdemain

1400–50; late Middle English legerdemeyn, lygarde de mayne < Middle French: literally, light of hand

Related forms

leg·er·de·main·ist, noun
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legerdemain

/ (ˌlɛdʒədəˈmeɪn) /

noun

another name for sleight of hand
cunning deception or trickery

Derived Forms

legerdemainist, noun

Word Origin for legerdemain

C15: from Old French: light of hand
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