prestidigitation
Pronunciation
  • (RP) IPA: /ˌpɹɛstɪˌdɪdʒɪˈteɪʃən/
  • (America) IPA: /ˌpɹɛstəˌdɪdʒɪˈteɪʃən/
Noun

prestidigitation

  1. A performance of or skill in performing magic or conjuring tricks with the hands.
    Synonyms: sleight of hand, legerdemain
    My favorite prestidigitation was when he pulled the live dove out of that tiny scarf.
  2. (by extension) A show of skill or deceitful cleverness.
    Synonyms: sleight of hand, legerdemain
    His writing was peppered with verbal tricks and prestidigitation.
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