theurgy
noun Etymology: Late Latin theurgia, from Late Greek theourgia, from theourgos miracle worker, from Greek the- + ergon work — more at work Date: circa 1569 the art or technique of compelling or persuading a god or beneficent or supernatural power to do or refrain from doing something • theurgic or theurgical adjective

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  • Theurgy — The ur*gy (th[=e] [u^]r*j[y^]), n. [L. theurgia, Gr. qeoyrgi a, fr. qeoyrgo s doing the works of God; qeo s God + e rgon work: cf. F. th[ e]urgie. See {Theism}, and {Work}.] 1. A divine work; a miracle; hence, magic; sorcery. [1913 Webster] 2. A… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • theurgy — [thē′ər jē] n. pl. theurgies [LL(Ec) theurgia, a summoning of spirits < LGr(Ec) theourgia < theourgos, divine worker < Gr theos, god (see THEO ) + ergon,WORK] 1. an occurrence or accomplishment or a sequence of these, esp. when… …   English World dictionary

  • Theurgy — Part of a series of articles on Hermeticism Hermetic Religion Hermeticism Mythology Hermes Trismegistus · Thoth · Poimandres Hermetica Corpus Hermeticum · Kybalion Three P …   Wikipedia

  • theurgy — theurgic, theurgical, adj. theurgist, n. /thee err jee/, n., pl. theurgies. 1. a system of beneficent magic practiced by the Egyptian Platonists and others. 2. the working of a divine or supernatural agency in human affairs. [1560 70; < LL… …   Universalium

  • theurgy — noun a) A supernatural intervention in human affairs. b) The performance of miracles …   Wiktionary

  • theurgy — See religion, philosophy of …   Philosophy dictionary

  • theurgy — Synonyms and related words: alchemy, bewitchery, charm, divination, enchantment, fetishism, glamour, gramarye, hoodoo, juju, jujuism, magic, natural magic, necromancy, obeah, rune, shamanism, sorcery, sortilege, spell, spellbinding, spellcasting …   Moby Thesaurus

  • theurgy — (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun The use of supernatural powers to influence or predict events: conjuration, magic, sorcery, sortilege, thaumaturgy, witchcraft, witchery, witching, wizardry. See SUPERNATURAL …   English dictionary for students

  • theurgy — [ θi:ə:dʒi] noun 1》 the operation or effect of a supernatural or divine agency in human affairs. 2》 a system of white magic practised by the early Neoplatonists. Derivatives theurgic adjective theurgical adjective theurgist noun Origin C16: via… …   English new terms dictionary

  • theurgy — n. Necromancy, witchcraft, sorcery, magic, thaumaturgy, wonder working, the black art …   New dictionary of synonyms

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