WOtD: Legerdemain

The word is “Legerdemain”. It is a noun.

OED definitions include:

  1. Sleight of hand; the performance of tricks which by nimble action deceive the eye; jugglery; conjuring tricks.
  2. Trickery, deception, hocus-pocus.
    • a) transf. and fig. Trickery, deception, hocus-pocus.
    • b) An instance of this; a trick, a juggle. Obs.
  3. A sleight-of-hand performer, a conjurer. Obs. rare

  4. attrib. or as adj. Pertaining to or of the nature of legerdemain or jugglery; juggling; tricky.


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