sympathetic magic

noun
magic predicated on the belief that one thing or event can affect another at a distance as a consequence of a sympathetic connection between them.


Origin:
1900–05

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sympathetic magic
 
n
a type of magic in which it is sought to produce a large-scale effect, often at a distance, by performing some small-scale ceremony resembling it, such as the pouring of water on an altar to induce rainfall

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They belong to that branch of sympathetic magic which may be called contagious.
The show itself is arranged as a piece of sympathetic magic.
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