LEGERDEMAINIST

legerdemain

[lej-er-duh-meyn]
noun
1.
sleight of hand.
2.
trickery; deception.
3.
any artful trick.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English legerdemeyn, lygarde de mayne < Middle French: literally, light of hand

legerdemainist, noun
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legerdemain (ˌlɛdʒədəˈmeɪn)
 
n
1.  another name for sleight of hand
2.  cunning deception or trickery
 
[C15: from Old French: light of hand]
 
legerde'mainist
 
n

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legerdemain
c.1430, "conjuring tricks," from M.Fr. léger de main "quick of hand," from léger "light" in weight (from L. levis "light;" see lever) + main "hand" (from L. manus, see manual).
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