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A ritual recitation of words or sounds believed to have a magical effect.  Synonym: incantation.
Calling up a spirit or devil.  Synonyms: conjuring, conjury, invocation.
An illusory feat; considered magical by naive observers.  Synonyms: conjuring trick, deception, illusion, legerdemain, magic, magic trick, thaumaturgy, trick.

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"Conjuration" Quotes from Famous Books

... master pointed, with two fingers, at his blinking eyes, and gazed at him, while he uttered the conjuration. ...
— Pelle the Conqueror, Complete • Martin Andersen Nexo

... Walravens, Madame Beck, Pere Silas—the whole conjuration, the secret junta. The sight of them thus assembled did me good. I cannot say that I felt weak before them, or abashed, or dismayed. They outnumbered me, and I was worsted and under their feet; but, as yet, I was ...
— Villette • Charlotte Bronte

... Aus dem Jahrh. d. Reformation, pp. 359-375. The Jesuit Stengel, in his De judiciis divinis (Ingolstadt, 1651), devotes a whole chapter to an exorcism, by the great Canisius, of a spirit that had baffled Protestant conjuration. Among the most jubilant Catholic satires of the time are those exulting in Luther's alleged failure as ...
— History of the Warfare of Science with Theology in Christendom • Andrew Dickson White

... concealed by the sides of the pail), the four stakes supporting a large paper, marked over with various uncouth figures, with the motion of the telescope, which they saw turning backwards and forwards, gave the whole an air of conjuration that struck them with horror and amazement. My figure was by no means calculated to dispel their fears; a flapped hat put on over my nightcap, and a short cloak about my shoulder (which Madam de Warrens had obliged me to put on) presented in their idea the image of a real sorcerer. Being ...
— The Confessions of J. J. Rousseau, Complete • Jean Jacques Rousseau

... fraudulence, fraudulency^; covin^; knavery &c (cunning) 702; misrepresentation &c (falsehood) 544; bluff; straw-bail, straw bid [U.S.]; spoof [Slang]. delusion, gullery^; juggling, jugglery^; slight of hand, legerdemain; prestigiation^, prestidigitation; magic &c 992; conjuring, conjuration; hocus-pocus, escamoterie^, jockeyship^; trickery, coggery^, chicanery; supercherie^, cozenage^, circumvention, ingannation^, collusion; treachery &c 940; practical joke. trick, cheat, wile, blind, feint, plant, bubble, fetch, catch, ...
— Roget's Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases: Body • Roget

Words linked to "Conjuration" :   magical spell, conjury, sleight of hand, legerdemain, spell, trick, conjure, evocation, card trick, charm, conjuring trick, summoning, prestidigitation, performance, thaumaturgy, magic spell

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