thaumaturgy

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From Ancient Greek θαυματουργία (thaumatourgía), from θαῦμα (thaûma, miracle, wonder) + ἔργον (érgon, work).

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thaumaturgy (countable and uncountable, plural thaumaturgies)

  1. The working of miracles, wonderworking; magic, witchcraft, wizardry.
    • 1853, Thomas De Quincey, “Introduction to the World of Strife”, in Autobiographic Sketches (Selections Grave and Gay, []; I), Edinburgh: James Hogg; London: R. Groombridge & Sons, OCLC 6497971, page 41:
      On all subjects known to man, from the Thirty-nine Articles of our English Church, down to pyrotechnics, legerdemain, magic, both black and white, thaumaturgy, and necromancy, he favoured the world (which world was the nursery where I lived amongst my sisters) with his select opinions.
    • 1898, H. G. Wells, The Man Who Could Work Miracles:
      There were astonishing changes. The small hours found Mr. Maydig and Mr. Fotheringay careering across the chilly market square under the still moon, in a sort of ecstasy of thaumaturgy, Mr. Maydig all flap and gesture, Mr. Fotheringay short and bristling, and no longer abashed at his greatness

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