Meaning of thaumaturge

thaumaturge




A thaumaturge is a magician or mystic. If you impress your friend by pulling coins out of her ear or turning her homework into a bouquet of flowers, she may call you a thaumaturge.

The original definition of thaumaturge, dating from 1715, is “worker of wonders.” Most early thaumaturges were practitioners of nonreligious magic, particularly magic that was based in science or mathematics. Occasionally, the word has also been used in a religious sense, to mean “saint” or “miracle worker.” This word is rooted in the Greek thaûma, “wonder or astonishment.”

Definitions of thaumaturge
  1. noun

    one who practices magic or sorcery

    synonyms:

    magician, necromancer, sorcerer, thaumaturgist, wizard

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    examples:

    Count Alessandro di Cagliostro

    Italian who was famous as a magician and alchemist (1743-1795)
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    enchanter

    a sorcerer or magician
    exorciser, exorcist

    someone who practices exorcism
    magus

    a magician or sorcerer of ancient times
    sorceress

    a woman sorcerer
    witch doctor

    someone who is believed to heal through magical powers
    Circe

    (Greek mythology) a sorceress who detained Odysseus on her island and turned his men into swine
    conjure man, conjurer, conjuror

    a witch doctor who practices conjury
    type of:

    occultist

    a believer in occultism; someone versed in the occult arts

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