noun /ˌprɛstɪˌdɪdʒɪˈteɪʃən,ˌprɛstəˌdɪdʒɪˈteɪʃən/
a) A performance of or skill in performing magic or conjuring tricks with the hands; sleight of hand.

My favorite prestidigitation was when he pulled the live dove out of that tiny scarf.

b) A show of skill or deceitful cleverness.

His writing was peppered with verbal tricks and prestidigitation.

See Also: prestidigitator

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  • prestidigitation — (n.) 1843, from Fr. prestidigitation, from preste nimble (from It. presto, from L. praestus; see PRESTO (Cf. presto)) + L. digitus a finger (see DIGIT (Cf. digit)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • Prestidigitation — Pres ti*dig i*ta tion, n. Legerdemain; sleight of hand; juggling. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • prestidigitation — noun conjuring, deluding, illusion, juggling, legerdemain, magic, palming, sleight of hand, sorcery, trickery Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • prestidigitation — ► NOUN formal ▪ sleight of hand performed as entertainment. DERIVATIVES prestidigitator noun. ORIGIN French, from preste nimble + Latin digitus finger …   English terms dictionary

  • prestidigitation — [pres΄tə dij΄i tā′shən] n. [Fr: see PRESTIDIGITATOR] sleight of hand; legerdemain …   English World dictionary

  • Prestidigitation — Jérôme Bosch (ou suiveur) : L Escamoteur, 1475 1480, huile sur bois, Saint Germain en Laye, musée municipal. Le mot prestidigitation (de presto digiti qui signifie agilité des doigts) a été créé par Jules de Rovère[1 …   Wikipédia en Français

  • prestidigitation — noun Etymology: French, from prestidigitateur prestidigitator, from preste nimble, quick (from Italian presto) + Latin digitus finger more at digit Date: 1859 sleight of hand, legerdemain • prestidigitator noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • PRESTIDIGITATION — n. f. Art du prestidigitateur …   Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 8eme edition (1935)

  • prestidigitation — prestidigitator, n. prestidigitatory /pres ti dij i teuh tawr ee, tohr ee/, prestidigitatorial, adj. /pres ti dij i tay sheuhn/, n. sleight of hand; legerdemain. [1855 60; < F: lit., ready fingeredness, coinage perh. based on prestigiateur… …   Universalium

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