sympathetic magic
noun Date: 1905 magic based on the assumption that a person or thing can be supernaturally affected through its name or an object representing it

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  • Sympathetic magic — Sympathetic magic, also known as imitative magic, is a type of magic based on imitation or correspondence. Imitation involves using effigies or poppets to affect the environment of people, or occasionally people themselves. Correspondence is… …   Wikipedia

  • sympathetic magic — magic predicated on the belief that one thing or event can affect another at a distance as a consequence of a sympathetic connection between them. Cf. contagious magic, imitative magic. [1900 05] * * * …   Universalium

  • sympathetic magic — sym′pathet′ic mag′ic n. ant magic predicated on the belief that one thing or event can affect another at a distance as a consequence of a sympathetic connection between them • Etymology: 1900–05 …   From formal English to slang

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  • sympathetic magic — noun : magic based on the assumption that a person or thing can be supernaturally affected through its name or an object (as a nail paring, image, or dancer) representing it : contagious magic compare imitative magic …   Useful english dictionary

  • sympathetic magic — noun occult rituals using objects or actions to represent the event or person over which influence is sought …   English new terms dictionary

  • Sympathetic Magic —    A desired effect is achieved through symbolism and imitation. To have good luck in the hunt, a dance or ritual is performed with the performers dressing and acting like the animal they want to hunt. An animal s strengths and abilities can… …   The writer's dictionary of science fiction, fantasy, horror and mythology

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  • magic —    A superior power created by the combining of inner power with supernatural forces and beings such as ANGELs and DEMONs. The term magic is derived from Greek, either from megus, which means “great” (as in “great” science); from magein,… …   Encyclopedia of Demons and Demonology

  • MAGIC — Early Magic Broadly defined, magic is a system of non canonical ritual practices aiming at changing reality. In early Jewish magic this system was based on the use of powerful verbal performative formulae – incantations – whose oral or written… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

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