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From French prestidigitation from French preste, nimble, quick (from Italian presto, from Late Latin praestus, "ready at hand") + [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] digitus, finger, + noun of process suffix -ation, from Latin perfect passive participle suffix -atus + suffix -io.
- A performance of or skill in performing magic or conjuring tricks with the hands; sleight of hand.
- My favorite prestidigitation was when he pulled the live dove out of that tiny scarf.
- A show of skill or deceitful cleverness.
- His writing was peppered with verbal tricks and prestidigitation.
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