- from French preste (“nimble, quick”)
- + Latin digitus (“finger”)
- + noun of process suffix -ation
- 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".
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˌprɛstɪˌdɪdʒɪˈteɪʃən/
- (US) IPA(key): /ˌprɛstəˌdɪdʒɪˈteɪʃən/
Audio (US) (file)
- Rhymes: -eɪʃən
prestidigitation (plural prestidigitations)
- 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.
- A show of skill or deceitful cleverness.
- His writing was peppered with verbal tricks and prestidigitation.
sleight of hand