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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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  • Or his lobbying that's somehow magically something other than lobbying.
  • Ledger magically and mysteriously disappears beneath the skin of his lean, sinewy character.
  • Thank you for taking a sane look at the magically insane.
  • It doesn't magically allow you to build businesses by turning investors' money into operating expenses indefinitely.
  • He adjusts a few knobs and a wave magically appears.
  • When a college stops requiring standardized admissions tests, no rainbow magically appears.
  • Then you landed a starting professorship and were magically bestowed with health benefits and a retirement account.
  • Though, it is amazing how money will magically appear when a department gets excited about someone who needs more money.
  • What could be seen of the landscape appeared magically changed.
  • Apparently complex organs such as eyes, hands or brains evolve magically by chance and the lucky species works out how to use it.
Word Origin and History for magically



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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