sympathetic magic


noun

magic predicated on the belief that one thing or event can affect another at a distance as a consequence of a sympathetic connection between them.

Nearby words

  1. sympathetic contact,
  2. sympathetic ganglia,
  3. sympathetic imbalance,
  4. sympathetic ink,
  5. sympathetic introspection,
  6. sympathetic nerve,
  7. sympathetic nervous system,
  8. sympathetic ophthalmia,
  9. sympathetic strike,
  10. sympathetic string


Origin of sympathetic magic

First recorded in 1900–05

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British Dictionary definitions for sympathetic magic

sympathetic magic

noun

a type of magic in which it is sought to produce a large-scale effect, often at a distance, by performing some small-scale ceremony resembling it, such as the pouring of water on an altar to induce rainfall
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