Magic describes those unlikely events that seem to have a supernatural force behind them. When the elevator doors open just as you approach, it may seem like magic.

If you believe in witches and sorcerers, you probably already know that they can use magic to make impossible things happen. Magic is often used more broadly to describe things that just seem to involve some greater power. The waiter may appear as if by magic just when you’re craving dessert. Magic can also describe seemingly impossible tricks performed by an entertainer — a magician — such as making a person disappear or pulling a coin out of thin air.

Definitions of magic
  1. noun

    any art that invokes supernatural powers

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    the power associated with a juju

    a magic power or magic spell
    conjuration, conjuring, conjury, invocation

    calling up a spirit or devil
    black art, black magic, necromancy, sorcery

    the belief in magical spells that harness occult forces or evil spirits to produce unnatural effects in the world
    white magic

    magic used only for good purposes
    evocation, summoning

    calling up supposed supernatural forces by spells and incantations

    white magic performed with the help of beneficent spirits (as formerly practiced by Neoplatonists)
    witchcraft, witchery

    the art of sorcery
    bewitchment, enchantment

    a magical spell
    Satanism, demonism, diabolism

    a belief in and reverence for devils (especially Satan)

    belief in a kind of sorcery that originated in Africa and is practiced in the West Indies
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    a belief in forces beyond ordinary human understanding

  2. noun

    an illusory feat; considered magical by naive observers

    conjuration, conjuring trick, deception, illusion, legerdemain, magic trick, thaumaturgy, trick
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    card trick

    a trick performed with playing cards
    prestidigitation, sleight of hand

    manual dexterity in the execution of tricks
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    the act of presenting a play or a piece of music or other entertainment

  3. adjective

    possessing or using or characteristic of or appropriate to supernatural powers

    magic signs that protect against adverse influence”
    charming, magical, sorcerous, witching, wizard, wizardly


    not existing in nature or subject to explanation according to natural laws; not physical or material

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