prestidigitation
[ pres-ti-dij-i-tey-shuhn ]
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Part of SpeechnounOrigin + Etymology
mid 19th century; French; from French, from preste ‘nimble’ + Latin digitus ‘finger’ + -ation
Synonyms
noun
artfulnessmanipulationtrickery
Antonyms
noun
factreality
Definition
nounsleight of hand; legerdemain
Examples
nounA) With a little prestidigitation, she made the ring disappear from her finger. B) He studied prestidigitation to impress his friends with close-up magic.
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