white magic

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white magic (uncountable)

  1. (idiomatic) Magic derived from good or benign forces, as distinct from evil or malevolent forces; or magic performed with the intention of doing good or giving aid.
    • 1971, Keith Thomas, Religion and the Decline of Magic, Folio Society 2012, p. 238:
      Widespread popular tolerance of white magic thus helped to mitigate the rigours of the law.

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