noun, plural the·ur·gies.

a system of beneficent magic practiced by the Egyptian Platonists and others.
the working of a divine or supernatural agency in human affairs.

Origin of theurgy

1560–70; < Late Latin theūrgia < Greek theourgeía magic. See the-, -urgy
Related formsthe·ur·gic, the·ur·gi·cal, adjectivethe·ur·gist, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for theurgic

Historical Examples of theurgic

  • Prospero is the type of the Theurgic, as Comus is of the Goetic, magician.

  • In the process it changed from a philosophy to a system of theurgic practice.

  • Necromantic magic is divided into Goëtic, maleficent, and theurgic.

    Witch, Warlock, and Magician

    William Henry Davenport Adams

  • Related to this emotional phase of the religious sentiment is the theurgic power of certain natural objects over some persons.

    The Religious Sentiment

    Daniel G. Brinton

  • The magical mirror, having lost its theurgic enchantment, finally was placed among the curiosities of the late Earl of Oxford.

British Dictionary definitions for theurgic


noun plural -gies

  1. the intervention of a divine or supernatural agency in the affairs of man
  2. the working of miracles by such intervention
beneficent magic as taught and performed by Egyptian Neoplatonists and others
Derived Formstheurgic or theurgical, adjectivetheurgically, adverbtheurgist, noun

Word Origin for theurgy

C16: from Late Latin theūrgia, from Late Greek theourgia the practice of magic, from theo- theo- + -urgia, from ergon work
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