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Sunday, October 28, 2012

Definitions for cantrip

  1. Chiefly Scot. A magic spell; trick by sorcery.
  2. Chiefly British. Artful shamming meant to deceive.

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Citations for cantrip
Used properly, it may be possible to drive a vampire or garou into frenzy with this cantrip. Steve Long, Ethan Skemp, Combat
And before I knew it her arms were around me, and she smelt of lavender and delicious silk, and her voice in my ear was whispering something—a cantrip, I thought, with a twist of surprise, a cantrip, just like the days in Lansquenet—and then I looked up and it wasn’t Maman there at all. Joanne Harris, The Girl with No Shadow: A Novel
Origin of cantrip
1710-1720
Cantrip is of uncertain origin, but it is most likely a variation of the Old English word calcatrippe which referred to both a plant and a type of iron ball used to block calvary in warfare.
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