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[thee-ur-jee] /ˈθi ɜr dʒi/
noun, plural theurgies.
a system of beneficent magic practiced by the Egyptian Platonists and others.
the working of a divine or supernatural agency in human affairs.
Origin of theurgy
1560-70; < Late Latin theūrgia < Greek theourgeía magic. See the-, -urgy
Related forms
theurgic, theurgical, adjective
theurgist, noun Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • The common characteristic of all the New Platonists is a tendency to mysticism, theosophy, and theurgy.

  • Philip appears to have been one of the apostolical men most preccupied with theurgy.

    The Apostles Ernest Renan
  • theurgy was the second method of counteracting the evil influence of demons.

  • This current was so strong that philosophy itself was swept toward mysticism and the neo-Platonist school became a theurgy.

  • Both authors show the same admiration for the Gymnosophists, the same distinction between magic and theurgy.

    Essays on the Greek Romances Elizabeth Hazelton Haight
  • In regard to theurgy, the ancients gave this name to that part of magic which is called white magic.

    The Phantom World Augustin Calmet
British Dictionary definitions for theurgy


noun (pl) -gies
  1. the intervention of a divine or supernatural agency in the affairs of man
  2. the working of miracles by such intervention
beneficent magic as taught and performed by Egyptian Neoplatonists and others
Derived Forms
theurgic, theurgical, adjective
theurgically, adverb
theurgist, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Late Latin theūrgia, from Late Greek theourgia the practice of magic, from theo-theo- + -urgia, from ergon work
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