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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

theurgy

\THEE-ur-jee\ , noun;
1.
the working of a divine or supernatural agency in human affairs.
2.
a system of beneficent magic practiced by the Egyptian Platonists and others.
Quotes:
But it is with the later evolution of theurgy in the Platonist milieu that we are mainly concerned, and here we find some compensation for the lacunosity of the Oracula.
-- Garth Fowden, The Egyptian Hemes, 1993
I wandered around, trailing my fingers over the spines of books written in Hebrew and Greek, Old Testaments and New Testaments, books on theurgy and theology and philosophy.
-- Jodi Picoult, Change of Heart, 2008
Origin:
Theurgy entered English in the 1560s. It comes from the Greek word theourgeía meaning "magic."
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