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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.

The word has a different origin from prestige, even though this in the past has meant "delusion, illusion, trick".

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prestidigitation (countable and uncountable, 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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