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[maj-i-kuh l] /ˈmædʒ ɪ kəl/
produced by or as if by magic:
The change in the appearance of the room was magical.
mysteriously enchanting:
a magical night.
of or relating to magic.
Origin of magical
1545-55; magic + -al1
Related forms
magically, adverb
hypermagical, adjective
hypermagically, adverb
quasi-magical, adjective
quasi-magically, adverb
semimagical, adjective
semimagically, adverb
unmagical, adjective
unmagically, adverb Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The heat passes away, the magical scene declines, till the whole matter again precipitates itself into the chaos at the bottom.

  • All the magical phrases in the play are phrases of jealousy, passion, and pity.

    The Man Shakespeare Frank Harris
  • The sound of his own voice, moaning in his ears, had a magical effect upon him.

    The Market-Place Harold Frederic
  • But for this magical aid, Olivo's lot would still have been the same.

    Casanova's Homecoming Arthur Schnitzler
  • But on the whole the religion of the Rishis is practical—it might almost be said, is magical.

Word Origin and History for magical

1550s, from magic (n.) + -al (1). Related: Magically.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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