from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Divine or supernatural intervention in human affairs.
- n. The performance of miracles with supernatural assistance.
- n. Magic performed with the aid of beneficent spirits, as formerly practiced by the Neo-Platonists.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A supernatural intervention in human affairs.
- n. The performance of miracles.
- n. The technique of persuading a god; the procuring of miracles by such persuasion.
- n. Theogony.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A divine work; a miracle; hence, magic; sorcery.
- n. A kind of magical science or art developed in Alexandria among the Neoplatonists, and supposed to enable man to influence the will of the gods by means of purification and other sacramental rites.
- n. In later or modern magic, that species of magic in which effects are claimed to be produced by supernatural agency, in distinction from natural magic.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The working of some divine or supernatural agency in humau affairs; a producing of effects by supernatural means; effects or phenomena brought about among men by spiritual agency.
- n. A system of supernatural knowledge or powers believed by the Egyptian Platonists and others to have been communicated to mankind by the beneficent deities, and to have been handed down from generation to generation traditionally by the priests.
- n. The art of invoking deities or spirits, or by their intervention conjuring up visions, interpreting dreams, prophesying, receiving and explaining oracles, etc.; the supposed power of obtaining from the gods, by means of certain observances, words, symbols, etc., a knowledge of the secrets which surpass the powers of reason—a power claimed by the priesthood of most pagan religions.
- n. In mod. magic, the pretended production of effects by supernatural agency, as contradistinguished from natural magic.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. white magic performed with the help of beneficent spirits (as formerly practiced by Neoplatonists)
- n. the effect of supernatural or divine intervention in human affairs
Late Latin theūrgia, from Greek theourgiā, sacramental rite, mystery : theo-, theo- + -ourgiā, -urgy.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek θεός (theós, "god") + ἔργον (ergon, "work"). (Wiktionary)