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  1. a worker of wonders or miracles; magician.
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Often thau·ma·tur·gist.

Origin of thaumaturge

First recorded in 1705–15; back formation from thaumaturgic
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Examples from the Web for thaumaturgist

Historical Examples

  • Rather than a philosopher, he was a priest, a thaumaturgist and magician.

    The Mediaeval Mind (Volume I of II)

    Henry Osborn Taylor

  • Your best plan is to lay it all on the shoulders of Hananja, the thaumaturgist; we have owed him a grudge this many a day.

  • Circumstances seem to indicate that he became a thaumaturgist late in life and against his own inclinations.

  • If you are childish and exhibit your saint as a worker of wonders, a thaumaturgist, I am repelled.

  • Apparently they had been in some way concealed in the waistcoat of the thaumaturgist; but how did they get into the horn?

British Dictionary definitions for thaumaturgist


  1. rare a performer of miracles; magician
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Derived Formsthaumaturgy, nounthaumaturgic, adjective

Word Origin

C18: from Medieval Latin thaumaturgus, from Greek thaumatourgos miracle-working, from thaumato- + -ourgos working, from ergon work
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Word Origin and History for thaumaturgist



1620s (implied in thaumaturgical), from Modern Latin, from Greek thaumatourgos "wonder-working, conjurer," from thauma (genitive thaumatos) "wonder, wonderous thing," literally "a thing to look at" (from root of theater) + ergon "work" (see urge (v.)).

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