hocus-pocus

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Etymology[edit]

Dates from the 17th century when used by jugglers and magicians as a nonsense magical incantation. [1][2]. Some believe it is a corruption of words from the Roman Catholic liturgy of the Eucharist, hoc est corpus meum, although this is disputed.

Interjection[edit]

hocus-pocus

  1. A phrase used as a magical incantation to bring about some change.

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Noun[edit]

hocus-pocus (uncountable)

  1. A specific act of trickery or nonsense.
    What kind of hocus-pocus is this?

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Compact Oxford English Dictionary. [1] http://www.askoxford.com/concise_oed/hocuspocus
  2. ^ Hocus-pocus”, The Phrase Finder, Gary Martin.