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Definition of Magic

(noun) The art and practice of ritually compelling supernatural beings and forces to act in a certain way.

Examples of Magic

Magic Pronunciation

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: mag·ic

Audio Pronunciation

– American English
– British English

Phonetic Spelling

  • American English – /mAj-ik/
  • British English – /mAj-ik/

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /ˈmædʒɪk/
  • British English – /ˈmadʒɪk/

Usage Notes

  • Plural: magics
  • Magic typically works through performing rituals.
  • Variant spellings:
    • majic
    • majik
    • magick

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Works Consulted

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Cite the Definition of Magic

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “magic.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved April 22, 2024 (https://sociologydictionary.org/m/magic/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

magic. (2014). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/m/magic/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “magic.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed April 22, 2024. https://sociologydictionary.org/m/magic/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“magic.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 22 Apr. 2024. <https://sociologydictionary.org/magic/>.