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legerdemain


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Legerdemain  \Leg`er*de*main"\  (l[e^]j`[~e]r*d[-e]*m[=a]n"),  n. 
  [F.  l['e]ger  light,  nimble  +  de  of  +  main  hand,  L.  manus.  See 
  3d  {Leger},  and  {Manual}.] 
  Sleight  of  hand;  a  trick  of  sleight  of  hand;  hence  any 
  artful  deception  or  trick. 
 
  He  of  legierdemayne  the  mysteries  did  know  --Spenser. 
 
  The  tricks  and  legerdemain  by  which  men  impose  upon 
  their  own  souls.  --South. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  legerdemain 
  n  :  an  illusory  feat;  considered  magical  by  naive  observers 
  [syn:  {magic  trick},  {conjuring  trick},  {trick},  {magic}, 
  {illusion},  {deception}] 




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