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Alternative spellings

(fantasy) used as a deliberate archaism
(occult) used for supernatural magic, as distinguished from stage magic

Etymology

From Middle English magik from Old French magique, reborrowed from [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] magice, borrowed from Ancient Greek μαγική (magical) (τέχνη (art)), derived from μάγος (mage) from magos magus, sorcerer, of Iranian origin; akin to Old Persian 𐎶𐎦𐎢𐏁 (maguš), sorcerer).

Pronunciation

Adjective

magic (not comparable)

Positive
magic

Comparative
not comparable

Superlative
none (absolute)

  1. Having supernatural talents, properties, or qualities.
    a magic wand; a magic dragon
  2. Featuring illusions that are usually performed for entertainment.
    a magic show; a magic trick
  3. Wonderful, amazing or incredible.
    a magic moment

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Noun

Singular
magic

Plural
-

magic (-)
  1. Supernatural occurrences or feats.
  2. An illusion performed to give the appearance of magic or the supernatural.
  3. A ritual associated with mysticism.
  4. A cause not quite understood.
    Magic makes the light go on
  5. Something spectacular or wonderful.
    movie magic
  6. The decrypted messages produced by US cryptographers in WWII — it is usually taken to mean '... from Japanese intercepts'. The equivalent in the UK was Ultra, referring to decrypted German traffic.
  7. (computing) A statement or operator used in algorithm design that satisfies any conceivable formal requirement. This is used in some methods of formal specification to allow leaving things unspecified (with the intent of later specification, as magic in this sense cannot be implemented). Also known as miracle.

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Verb

Infinitive
to magic

Third person singular
magic

Simple past
ing

Past participle
-

Present participle
k

to magic (third-person singular simple present magic, present participle k, simple past and past participle ing)
  1. (transitive) To cast a magic spell on or at someone or something.
  2. (transitive) To produce something, as if by magic.

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