Origin of Magus
- (sometimes lowercase) the wise men, generally assumed to be three in number, who paid homage to the infant Jesus. Matt. 2:1–12.Compare Balthazar(def 1), Caspar(def 1), Melchior(def 1).
- (sometimes lowercase) the class of Zoroastrian priests in ancient Media and Persia, reputed to possess supernatural powers.
- (lowercase) astrologers.
Origin of Magi
Examples from the Web for magus
Contemporary Examples of magus
Eventually, the Avengers team up with Thanos to do battle with the Magus.Inside Marvel’s Phase 3: How ‘The Avengers’ Cross Paths with Black Panther and the New Superheroes
October 30, 2014
Although Fowles had already drafted his more famous novel The Magus, he delayed its publication until he finished The Collector.How to Understand the Criminal Mind By Reading This Novel
Casey N. Cep
December 6, 2013
Historical Examples of magus
Broichan, the Magus, had in his possession a female slave from Ireland.The Book-Hunter
John Hill Burton
Changed as was Juniper, the Magus was yet more whimsically metamorphosed.Rookwood
William Harrison Ainsworth
Six came off, and four got their sentence to die at Magus muir.Biographia Scoticana (Scots Worthies)
Mago, which, like magus, implies more dignity than magician or sorcerer.Legends of Florence
Charles Godfrey Leland
Magus was out, and Pierre could obtain no information on this phenomenon.Pierre Grassou
Honore de Balzac
- a Zoroastrian priest
- an astrologer, sorcerer, or magician of ancient times
Word Origin for magus
- Simon Magus New Testament a sorcerer who tried to buy spiritual powers from the apostles (Acts 8:9-24)
- the Zoroastrian priests of the ancient Medes and Persians
- the three magi the wise men from the East who came to do homage to the infant Jesus (Matthew 2:1–12) and traditionally called Caspar, Melchior, and Balthazar
member of the ancient Persian priestly caste, late 14c., singular of magi (q.v.).
c.1200, "skilled magicians, astrologers," from Latin magi, plural of magus "magician, learned magician," from Greek magos, a word used for the Persian learned and priestly class as portrayed in the Bible (said by ancient historians to have been originally the name of a Median tribe), from Old Persian magush "magician" (see magic). Related: Magian.