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Dictionary Definition

magic adj : possessing or using or characteristic of or appropriate to supernatural powers; "charming incantations"; "magic signs that protect against adverse influence"; "a magical spell"; "'tis now the very witching time of night"- Shakespeare; "wizard wands"; "wizardly powers" [syn: charming, magical, sorcerous, witching(a), wizard(a), wizardly]


1 any art that invokes supernatural powers
2 an illusory feat; considered magical by naive observers [syn: magic trick, conjuring trick, trick, legerdemain, conjuration, illusion, deception]

User Contributed Dictionary


Alternative spellings

qualifier fantasy used as a deliberate archaism
qualifier occult used for supernatural magic, as distinguished from stage magic


magik from magique, reborrowed from magice, borrowed from sc=polytonic (sc=polytonic), derived from sc=polytonic from magos magus, sorcerer, of Iranian origin; akin to Old Persian |tr=maguš.


  • /ˈmædʒɪk/, /ˈm

Extensive Definition

Magic may refer to:
In fantasy fiction:
In science and mathematics:
In games:
In popular culture:
In computing programming:
  • Magic (programming), a general term for hiding complexity, as well as a UNIX command for "magically" determining unknown filetypes
    • Deep magic, a term for completely unknown workings in the depths of a program
    • Black magic (programming), a synonym for voodoo programming, techniques which seem to work but aren't fully understood as to why they work
  • Magic number (programming), an arbitrary number that has been assigned a special meaning
  • "Magic", a version of the MUMPS programming language developed by Meditech
  • Magic (software), a popular VLSI layout tool
  • Magic Software Enterprises, a software company which maintains eDeveloper
  • ImageMagick, a suite of imaging programs
  • MAJC, a multi-core, multi-threaded processor targeted at running Java code made by Sun Microsystems in the 1990s
  • Magic (object-oriented programming), A prototype-based, object-oriented, event-driven (mainly I/O events) interpreted programming language developed at the Experimental Computing Facility, University of California, Berkeley.
Among radio stations:
  • Magic Radio, a radio network and television channel based in the United Kingdom (disambiguation for affiliates)
  • WKLI (Magic 100), a radio station in Albany, New York
  • KZMG (Magic 93.1), a radio station in Boise, Idaho
  • WMJX (Magic 106.7), a radio station in Boston, Massachusetts
  • KKMG (98.9 Magic FM), a radio station in Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • WMGC (Magic 105.1), a radio station in Detroit, Michigan
  • WMGS (Magic 93), a radio station in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
  • Magic 89.9, a radio station in Manila, Philippines
  • WLTB (Magic 101.7), a radio station in Binghamton, New York
  • Magic 1278, a radio station in Melbourne, Australia
  • Magic 107.7 FM, a radio station in Orlando, Florida
  • KMAJ (Majic 107.7 FM), a radio station in Topeka, Kansas
  • Magic 97.3 FM, a radio station in Panama City, Florida
  • Magic 96.5 FM, a radio station in Birmingham, Alabama
  • WMGQ Magic 98.3 FM, a radio station in New Brunswick, New Jersey
  • Magic 105.7 FM, a radio station in Cleveland, Ohio.
  • WTHZ (Magic 94.1), a radio station in Greensboro, North Carolina. Another station in the area, WMAG-FM, used the handle "Magic 99.5" for a period of time in the 1980s.
  • Magic 100.5 FM, A radio station in Cumberland, Maryland.
  • Majic 102.3 FM, the #1 R&B radio station in the Washington D.C. area.
  • Magic 95.5 FM a radio station in Reno, Nevada
Magic can also mean:
magic in German: Magic
magic in French: Magie
magic in Italian: Magia
magic in Korean: 매직
magic in Japanese: マジック

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Prospero, abracadabra, airiness, alchemy, allure, allurement, appearance, augury, aura, bewitchery, bewitching, bewitchment, black art, black magic, blaze of glory, brilliance, brilliancy, charisma, charm, charming, conjuring, delusiveness, demonolatry, devilry, deviltry, diablerie, diabolism, divination, divining, enchanting, enchantment, ensorcellment, entrancing, envelope, exorcism, extraordinary, fallaciousness, false appearance, false light, false show, falseness, fascinating, fascination, fetishism, glamor, glamour, glory, gramarye, halo, hocus-pocus, hoodoo, hypnotic, idealization, illusion, illusionism, illusionist, illusiveness, illustriousness, immateriality, incantation, juju, jujuism, legerdemain, luster, magian, magic act, magic show, magical, magician, magnetic, magnetism, marvelous, mesmerizing, miraculous, mumbo-jumbo, mystic, mystique, natural magic, necromancy, necromantic, nimbus, numinousness, obeah, occult, occultism, prestidigitation, prodigious, radiance, remarkable, resplendence, resplendency, rune, satanism, seeming, semblance, shamanism, shamanistic, show, simulacrum, sleight of hand, soothsaying, sorcerer, sorcerous, sorcery, sortilege, specious appearance, spell, spellbinding, spellcasting, splendor, stupendous, sympathetic magic, thaumaturgia, thaumaturgics, thaumaturgism, thaumaturgy, theurgy, trickery, unactuality, unbelievable, unprecedented, unreality, unsubstantiality, vampirism, voodoo, voodooism, wanga, white magic, witchcraft, witchery, witching, witchwork, witchy, wizardly, wizardry
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