[ pres-ti-dij-i-tey-shuhn ]
/ ˌprɛs tɪˌdɪdʒ ɪˈteɪ ʃən /
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sleight of hand; legerdemain.
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Origin of prestidigitation
OTHER WORDS FROM prestidigitationpres·ti·dig·i·ta·tor, nounpres·ti·dig·i·ta·to·ry [pres-ti-dij-i-tuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee], /ˌprɛs tɪˈdɪdʒ ɪ təˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/, pres·ti·dig·i·ta·to·ri·al, adjective
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How to use prestidigitation in a sentence
Cohen, who sometimes disguised himself as Alfred the Magician or Purnell Zorch, was a professional illusionist, but he also held court as one of the country’s most prominent purveyors of the fine art of prestidigitation.Al Cohen, D.C. magic shop proprietor who knew all the tricks, dies at 94|Matt Schudel|December 18, 2020|Washington Post
A prestidigitator who, putting metal into your mouth, pulls coins out of your pocket.The Devil's Dictionary|Ambrose Bierce
Such a prestidigitator as Signor Fantoccini has only to say—Presto!Hearts and Masks|Harold MacGrath
Verily, love is a prestidigitator who can change the lion into the lamb as easily as a handkerchief into a flower-pot!Mrs. Craddock|W. Somerset Maugham
The same audience would applaud Paderewski or a great prestidigitator.The Young Man and the World|Albert J. Beveridge
But your boss comes in every day as perky and set up as an amateur prestidigitator doing the egg trick.The Four Million|O. Henry
British Dictionary definitions for prestidigitation
/ (ˌprɛstɪˌdɪdʒɪˈteɪʃən) /
another name for sleight of hand
Derived forms of prestidigitationprestidigitator, noun
Word Origin for prestidigitation
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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