Meaning of MAGIC in English

I. ˈmajik, -jēk noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English magik, from Middle French magique, from Latin magice, from Greek magikē, from feminine of magikos, adjective


a. : the use of means (as ceremonies, charms, spells) that are believed to have supernatural power to cause a supernatural being to produce or prevent a particular result (as rain, death, healing) considered not obtainable by natural means and that also include the arts of divination, incantation, sympathetic magic, and thaumaturgy : control of natural forces by the typically direct action of rites, objects, materials, or words considered supernaturally potent

b. magics plural : magic beliefs or practices : charm 1b

in their crafts, their dances, their rituals of harvest, their local magics for comfort and ease — Waldo Frank

masters of poems and small magics who could make … spells and runes — Leah B. Drake


a. : an extraordinary power or influence seemingly from a supernatural source

a thinker who proposed to test men and measures by the magic of sincerity — V.L.Parrington

he was our leader and our magic — Ralph Ellison

our dynamic economy that uses so completely the magic of mass production — P.M.Mazur

b. : something that seems to cast a spell or to give an effect of otherworldliness : enchantment

all the mystery, magic and romance which belong to royalty alone — J.E.P.Grigg

the lake with its gray melancholy, its brooding magic of an untouched world — Anita Leslie

the right word gives us a sense of mystery and magic — C.S.Kilby

3. : the art of producing unusual illusions by legerdemain

entertained with acts of jugglery and magic


witchcraft , witchery , wizardry , sorcery , thaumaturgy , alchemy : magic applies to any supernatural power of art or to any natural power or art seeming to have miraculous results; it is often used in connection with effecting a result or influencing a tendency

magic, the attempt of man to govern the forces of nature directly, by means of a special lore — C.S.Coon

magic may be loosely defined as an endeavor through utterance of set words, or the performance of set acts, to control or bend the powers of the world to man's will — J.B.Noss

words when used with the gift of magic can seduce a reader into belief that has no roots in reality — Rose Feld

witchcraft and witchery , often applicable to deeds of women rather than men, apply to doings of witches, the former suggesting use, usually malevolent, of spells, enchantments, and guile, the latter suggesting enchanting allure

thus with witchraft I am crowned and wrapped in marvels round and round — Elinor Wylie

the witchery of the soft blue sky — William Wordsworth

the witchery of legend and romance — Ben Riker

wizardry , usually used of men's acts or accomplishments, suggests power to enchant with or as if with supernatural skill, power, or craft

the wizardry of my past wonder, the enchantment of romance — John Galsworthy

the museum staff's wizardry at exhibit making — W.C.Fitzgibbon

sorcery suggests use of incantation, charm, or spell to produce an effect, often harmful

there was a highly institutionalized means of covert aggression at the disposal of the Indians. This was sorcery — A.I.Hallowell

the storyteller's sorcery of catapulting historical datum into dramatic detail — Frederic Morton

thaumaturgy is applicable to any performance of miracles, especially by incantation

who see thaumaturgy in all that Jesus did — Matthew Arnold

alchemy may apply to transmutation of substances according to the secret laws of early chemical inquiry or to similar processes

called alchemy, an attempt to transmute other metals into gold, to discover the elixir of life — Rumer Godden

the alchemy of moonlight turned all the jungle to perfect growth, growth at rest — William Beebe

II. adjective

Etymology: Middle English magik, from Middle French magique, from Latin magicus, from Greek magikos, from magos magus, wizard, sorcerer (of Iranian origin; akin to Old Persian magush sorcerer) + -ikos -ic

1. : of or relating to the occult : supposedly having supernatural properties or powers

the witch doctor is there to give them some magic medicine to drink — J.G.Frazer

engravings on harpoons and awls … may have been magic signs, protective against adverse influence — Hugo Obermaler


a. : having unusually distinctive qualities resembling the supernatural : producing startling and amazing effects

with this magic piece of paper, was free to go as I could — W.G.Shepherd

the popular impression that a magic method has been invented for mastering a strange language in six weeks — F.N.Robinson

a man who really had the magic touch — Leonard Bernstein

b. : giving a feeling of enchantment

it was the most magic moment of the day … full of meaning and loveliness — Olive Johnson

III. “, especially in pres part -jək transitive verb

( magicked ; magicked ; magicking ; magics )

: to affect or influence by or as if by magic : bewitch

the light of those autumn days was magicked — Hervey Allen

had magicked them free of their prison — Pamela Frankau

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.