conjuration

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Conjuration \Con'ju*ra"tion\, noun [L. conjuratio, cf. F. conjuration.]

1. 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.

We charge you, in the name of God, take heed; . . . Under this conjuration speak, my lord. --Shak.

2. The act or process of invoking supernatural aid by the use of a magical form of words; the practice of magic arts; incantation; enchantment.

Pretended conjurations and prophecies of that event. --Hallam.

3. A league for a criminal purpose; conspiracy. [Obs.] "The conjuration of Catiline." --Sir T. Elyot.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

conjuration

noun

1: a ritual recitation of words or sounds believed to have a magical effect [syn: {incantation}, {conjuration}]

2: calling up a spirit or devil [syn: {conjuring}, {conjuration}, {conjury}, {invocation}]

3: an illusory feat; considered magical by naive observers [syn: {magic trick}, {conjuring trick}, {trick}, {magic}, {legerdemain}, {conjuration}, {thaumaturgy}, {illusion}, {deception}]


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