One of this week’s Words of the Day from Merriam-Webster:


: the performance of miracles; specifically : magic

Example Sentence
After reading all seven Harry Potter novels in a span of two weeks, Audrey was hungry for more thrilling tales of mysticism and thaumaturgy.

Did you know?
The magic of “thaumaturgy” is miraculous. The word, from a Greek word meaning “miracle working,” is applicable to any performance of miracles, especially by incantation. It can also be used of things that merely seem miraculous and unexplainable, like the thaumaturgy of a motion picture’s illusions (aka “movie magic”), or the thaumaturgy at work in an athletic team’s “miracle” comeback. In addition to “thaumaturgy,” we also have “thaumaturge” and “thaumaturgist,” both of which mean “a performer of miracles” or “a magician,” and the adjective “thaumaturgic,” meaning “performing miracles” or “of, relating to, or dependent on thaumaturgy.”

*Indicates the sense illustrated in the example sentence.

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1 Response to Thaumaturgy

  1. Timeshadows says:

    The rites of the Gnostics during the Early Church era (Common Era) would also be considered Thaumaturgy insofar that it was seen as forcing the hands of the Aeons to work their spheres of control, so that a Son of Seth (one born with the divine spark) could ascend more readily and with fewer (if any) reincarnations, to escape the realm of the Demiurge (evil workman-god) and return to The One, a la those wretched 2nd and 3rd MATRIX films.

    Have a good day, I’m off to game! 😀

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