Definition of conjuration in US English:



  • 1A magic incantation or spell.

    • ‘Indeed, there may be a relationship between the structure of magical conjurations and legal language - conjuration of course being a legal term…’
    • ‘A more vernacular version of such a conjuration can be found in his account of the casting of the Perseus, wherein the statue comes to life on the artist's invocation of Christ's name.’
    • ‘She overheard their conspiracy and intervened to thwart their plan by placing diversions in their path - attacking hounds; rich, tempting raiment dangling on elusive clotheslines; and many other such conjurations.’
    • ‘Her conjurations are clearly earth-centered.’
    • ‘Oh, but I don't have any prejudice - if sigils don't use energy reserves, I'll settle for conjurations, evocations, invocations, sex magic… but it must be a magic item.’
    • ‘This includes any sort of ‘wishing’ magic, be it through sigels, conjurations, prayer, direct energy work, or anything that is meant to ‘make something happen’ or to cause a change in another.’
    • ‘They lit no fire, for the air was warm and gentle; a single conjuration of cold fire rested between them.’
    • ‘He was sure there would be phosphorus there; phosphorus was needed in most critical summons and conjurations.’
    • ‘Also, perhaps the conjuration of spirits (gods, demons, angels) is also part of a ritual to attract the attention of the designers so that you can communicate a desire to change the program.’
    • ‘She got progressively better, and her conjurations lasted longer each day.’
    • ‘Thaumaturgy means, ‘wonder working’ and refers to the conjuration of spirits, casting of spells, blessing, cursing, curing and harming through practical magick.’
    • ‘It's a spirit of some sort - that or a conjuration.’
    • ‘Between the minor ‘outing’ and the conjuration of the ‘fairy’, she was exhausted.’
    spell, incantation, rune, magic formula, magic word, abracadabra, jinx
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    1. 1.1 The performance of something supernatural by means of a magic incantation or spell.
      ‘the conjuration of spirits’
      • ‘Healing was not creation or conjuration, it was simply speeding up the body's natural processes or strengthening what was already there.’
      • ‘Their secret priests therefore served the lust of the senses and practiced magic with all their might, employ conjurations and spells, concoct love potions and methods of seduction, and engage in dream-interpretation and dark prestidigitator's arts.’
      • ‘He strongly believed in the contents of the literature and practised the spells and conjurations elucidated in the texts.’
      • ‘Under the provisions of the edict and earlier French law, those who used spells and conjurations could still be prosecuted, as could those who purported to lift the spells cast by others.’


Late Middle English (also in the sense ‘conspiracy, the swearing of an oath together’): via Old French from Latin conjuratio(n-), from conjurare (see conjure).