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prestidigitation

[pres-ti-dij-i-tey-shuh n] /ˌprɛs tɪˌdɪdʒ ɪˈteɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
sleight of hand; legerdemain.
Origin
1855-1860
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
Related forms
prestidigitator, noun
prestidigitatory
[pres-ti-dij-i-tuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˌprɛs tɪˈdɪdʒ ɪ təˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ (Show IPA),
prestidigitatorial, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for prestidigitatorial

prestidigitation

/ˌprɛstɪˌdɪdʒɪˈteɪʃən/
noun
1.
another name for sleight of hand
Derived Forms
prestidigitator, noun
Word Origin
C19: from French: quick-fingeredness, from Latin praestigiae feats of juggling, tricks, probably influenced by French preste nimble, and Latin digitus finger; see prestige
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Word Origin and History for prestidigitatorial

prestidigitation

n.

1843, from French prestidigitation, which was coined along with prestidigitator (q.v.).

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