Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act or art of conjuring.
  • n. A magic spell or incantation.
  • n. A magic trick or magical effect: "a theatrical magician who knows how to make a dance program an evening of fantastic conjurations” ( New York Times).
  • n. Archaic A solemn appeal; an entreaty.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. conjuring, legerdemain or magic
  • n. a magic trick
  • n. The act of calling or summoning by a sacred name, or in solemn manner, or binding by an oath; an earnest entreaty; adjuration.
  • n. A league for a criminal purpose; conspiracy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of calling or summoning by a sacred name, or in solemn manner; the act of binding by an oath; an earnest entreaty; adjuration.
  • n. The act or process of invoking supernatural aid by the use of a magical form of words; the practice of magic arts; incantation; enchantment.
  • n. A league for a criminal purpose; conspiracy.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A conspiracy; a plot; a league for criminal ends.
  • n. The act of calling on or invoking lay a sacred name; adjuration; supplication; solemn entreaty.
  • n. A magical form of words used with the view of evoking supernatural aid; an incantation; an enchantment; a magic spell.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a ritual recitation of words or sounds believed to have a magical effect
  • n. an illusory feat; considered magical by naive observers
  • n. calling up a spirit or devil

Etymologies

From Latin coniuration-, stem of coniuratio ("a swearing together, a conspiracy") (Wiktionary)

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