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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Definitions for thaumaturge

  1. a worker of wonders or miracles; magician.

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Citations for thaumaturge
Whether a 'Thaumaturge' can raise the dead or not would be determined nowadays, M. Renan thinks, by a formal 'commission of physicians, physiologists, chemists, and critics,' who are to 'choose their corpse,' appoint the place and circumstances 'of the operation, and lay down a system of precautions' to guard against imposture. Henry Rogers, "Critique on M. Renan's 'Vie de Jésus,'" Reason and Faith, 1866
Ed Park, in an essay on D. & D. (included in the anthology “Bound to Last”), celebrates the magnificent vocabulary of the game, which introduced young players to words such as “melee,” “portcullis,” “kobold,” “thaumaturge,” “paladin,” “charisma,” “halberd,” “wyvern,” “homunculus,” “scimitar,” “buckler,” “basilisk,” and “cockatrice.” Jon Michaud, "Dungeons & Dragons Saved My Life," New Yorker, July 16, 2014
Origin of thaumaturge
Thaumaturge is a back formation from the adjective thaumaturgic. It stems from the Greek words thaumatos meaning "wonder, wondrous thing" and ergon meaning "work." Thaumaturge entered English in the early 1700s.