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cantrip ‎(plural cantrips)

  1. A spell or incantation; a trifling magic trick.
    • 1976, Kyril Bonfiglioli, Something Nasty in the Woodshed (Penguin 2001, p. 422)
      For one thing, I've no intention of distributing cantrips and costly crucifixes to every rapable woman in the Parish of St Magloire.
    • 1984, Anthony Burgess, The Kingdom Of The Wicked
      And when I say now the power of the name Jesus makes you whole, I indulge in no petty mountebank’s cantrips.
    • 2009, James Patterson and Gabrielle Charbonnet, Witch and Wizard (Little, Brown and Company 2009, p. 148)
      But it sounds to me like you're in a totally different category. Not garden-variety cantrip stuff.
  2. A wilful piece of trickery or mischief[1]


  1. ^ Chambers Dictionary, 1998, s.v.