legerdemain

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from French léger de main (literally light (weight) of hand).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˌlɛdʒədɨˈmeɪn/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈlɛdʒəɹdəˌmeɪn/
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    Rhymes: -eɪn
  • Hyphenation: leg‧er‧de‧main

Noun[edit]

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legerdemain (uncountable)

  1. Sleight of hand; "magic" trickery.
    • 1596, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, V.9:
      For he in slights and jugling feates did flow, / And of legierdemayne the mysteries did know.
  2. A show of skill or deceitful ability.
    • 1673, Gilbert Burnet, The mystery of iniquity unvailed, London, p. 128:
      Certainly, that they are to this day so rife in Italy and Spain, and so scant in Britain, is a shrewd ground to apprehend Legerdemain, and forgery, in the accounts we get of their later Saints.

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