- sleight of hand; legerdemain.
Origin of prestidigitation
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Related Wordsnecromancy, foreboding, augury, prediction, incantation, divination, astrology, trickery, thaumaturgy, witchcraft, fascination, alchemy, allurement, presage, illusion, abracadabra, power, enchantment, spell, sorcery
Examples from the Web for prestidigitation
It was, all in all, a wondrous feat of prestidigitation, worthy of a Las Vegas magician.Michelle Obama’s Media Blitz Through ‘The Daily Show,’ ‘The View’ & More
May 30, 2012
An he's more light-fingered than his predecessor, he's a master of prestidigitation!Under the Rose
Frederic Stewart Isham
All these extraordinary manœuvres cannot be attributed to prestidigitation.
I hope to convince the reader that these things really exist, and are neither illusions nor farces, nor feats of prestidigitation.
The Theosophical craze of recent years has had its influence on prestidigitation.
In St. Petersburg great and incredible examples of mystification and of prestidigitation were told about him.The Unmasking of Robert-Houdin
- another name for sleight of hand
C19: from French: quick-fingeredness, from Latin praestigiae feats of juggling, tricks, probably influenced by French preste nimble, and Latin digitus finger; see prestige
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Word Origin and History for prestidigitation
1843, from French prestidigitation, which was coined along with prestidigitator (q.v.).
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