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prestidigitation

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

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".

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

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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FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

prestidigitateur +‎ -tion

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /pʁɛs.ti.di.ʒi.ta.sjɔ̃/

NounEdit

prestidigitation f (plural prestidigitations)

  1. prestidigitation

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