Wednesday, March 3, 2010


thaumaturgy • \THAW-muh-ter-jee\ • noun
: 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."
I like to read thaumaturgic works of fiction. Do you?

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Miriam said...

Miriam was brilliant at thaumaturgy and all the other girls were jealous ;)

Wrighty said...

I am a huge fan of thaumaturgy (now that I know what it means) and the giveaways for the I Heart Monster birthday bash definitely fall into that category! Magical!!