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or conjuror

[kon-jer-er, kuhn- for 1, 2; kuh n-joo r-er for 3] /ˈkɒn dʒər ər, ˈkʌn- for 1, 2; kənˈdʒʊər ər for 3/
a person who conjures spirits or practices magic; magician.
a person who practices legerdemain; juggler.
a person who solemnly charges or entreats.
Origin of conjurer
1300-1350; Middle English; see conjure, -er1 Unabridged
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  • I consider this little trick to be one of the most mystifying of the Indian conjuror.

    Indian Conjuring L. H. Branson
  • Not he—he's no conjuror: many's the dozen tricks I played him afore now.

  • People forebode quite sufficient evil for themselves, and seek a conjuror for comfort, not for aggravation of their uneasiness.

    Trevethlan: (Vol 2 of 3) William Davy Watson
  • He was the only conjuror, the real one, a worthy descendant of the magicians of old.

    Vivian Grey Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
  • The tymbestere could thus learn the secrets of gentle and courtier, the conjuror those of the artisan and mechanic.

    The Last Of The Barons, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • But still, Riccabocca was said to be a Papist, and suspected to be a conjuror.

  • At those words, the scene changed as if by the wand of a conjuror.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • We will make them vanish,” broke in the minister, “like half-pence in the hands of a conjuror.

    The Golden Shoemaker J. W. Keyworth
  • John Jenkin, a schoolmaster in Pembrokeshire, was a conjuror of renown in that part of Wales.

    British Goblins Wirt Sikes
British Dictionary definitions for conjuror


a person who practises conjuring, esp for people's entertainment
a person who practises magic; sorcerer
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Word Origin and History for conjuror



late 14c., from Anglo-French conjurour, Old French conjureur "conjurer, magician, exorcist," from Latin coniurator, from coniurare (see conjure).

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