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[maj-uh-ster-ee, -stuh-ree]
noun, plural mag·is·ter·ies.
  1. an agency or substance, as in alchemy, to which faculties of healing, transformation, etc., are ascribed.
  2. Obsolete. mastership.
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Origin of magistery

1490–1500; < Latin magisterium, equivalent to magister master + -ium -ium
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  • He answered, 'Their writings are only to be understood by the adepts, without whom no student can prepare this magistery.

    The Seven Follies of Science [2nd ed.]

    John Phin

British Dictionary definitions for magistery


noun plural -teries alchemy
  1. an agency or substance, such as the philosopher's stone, believed to transmute other substances
  2. any substance capable of healing
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Word Origin

C16: from Medieval Latin magisterium, from Latin: mastery, from magister master
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