prestidigitation

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French prestidigitation

from French preste (nimble, quick)
from Italian presto
from Late Latin praestus (ready at hand)
+ Latin digitus (finger)
+ noun of process suffix -ation
from Latin perfect passive participle suffix -atus
+ suffix -io.
  • Note: despite the phonetic similarities, the words prestidigitator and prestidigitation have different origins from those of prestige, even though this in the past has meant "delusion, illusion, trick".

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

prestidigitation (plural prestidigitations)

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

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

prestidigitateur +‎ -tion

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /pʁɛs.ti.di.ʒi.ta.sjɔ̃/

Noun[edit]

prestidigitation f (plural prestidigitations)

  1. prestidigitation

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