prestidigitation

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prestidigitation

[pres-ti-dij-i-tey-shuhn]
noun
sleight of hand; legerdemain.

Origin:
1855–60; < French: literally, ready-fingeredness, coinage perhaps based on prestigiateur juggler, conjurer, derivative of Latin praestīgiae juggler's tricks (see prestige). See prest1, digit, -ation

prestidigitator, noun
prestidigitatory [pres-ti-dij-i-tuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] , prestidigitatorial, adjective
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prestidigitation (ˌprɛstɪˌdɪdʒɪˈteɪʃən)
 
n
another name for sleight of hand
 
[C19: from French: quick-fingeredness, from Latin praestigiae feats of juggling, tricks, probably influenced by French preste nimble, and Latin digitus finger; see prestige]
 
presti'digitator
 
n

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