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legerdemain

[lej-er-duh-meyn] /ˌlɛdʒ ər dəˈmeɪn/
noun
1.
sleight of hand.
2.
trickery; deception.
3.
any artful trick.
Origin of legerdemain
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English legerdemeyn, lygarde de mayne < Middle French: literally, light of hand
Related forms
legerdemainist, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for legerdemain

legerdemain

/ˌlɛdʒədəˈmeɪn/
noun
1.
another name for sleight of hand
2.
cunning deception or trickery
Derived Forms
legerdemainist, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Old French: light of hand
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Contemporary definitions for legerdemain
noun

one who performs magic tricks

Word Origin

French 'light of hand'

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Word Origin and History for legerdemain
n.

early 15c., "conjuring tricks," from Middle French léger de main "quick of hand," literally "light of hand," from léger "light" in weight (from Latin levis "light;" see lever) + main "hand" (from Latin manus; see manual).

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