Definition of wizardry in US English:



  • 1The art or practice of magic.

    ‘Merlin used his powers of wizardry for good’
    • ‘Over the years, it has attracted students of all kinds, and I mean all kinds, including those of witchcraft and wizardry.’
    • ‘Fundamentalist Christians claim the series is subversive, because they say its focus on wizardry and magic is incompatible with Christian beliefs.’
    • ‘Rather, I will test your abilities with magic and wizardry.’
    • ‘It is a place that is full of spells and curses, where powerful charms work their magic, and everything is witchcraft and wizardry.’
    • ‘Some conservative Christian groups balk at what they feel is the glorification of witchcraft and wizardry.’
    • ‘Now, it seemed that throughout these six years, many tribes who practiced this same art of witchcraft and wizardry had formed groups to try to kill this young lass, but none had triumphed.’
    • ‘No one wants to read just about wizardry and witchcraft.’
    • ‘Now, the real difference between sorcery and wizardry is that with sorcery, you do not manipulate the environment.’
    • ‘Mr. Wizard was arrested for practicing wizardry, a crime worthy of certain damnation in most parts.’
    • ‘Harry is an 11-year-old boy unaware his roots lie in the magical world of witchcraft and wizardry.’
    • ‘The story begins when Harry is eleven years old, and through seven subsequent books, will take us through to his eighteenth year, when he will have finished his wizard training at Hogwarts, the school for witchcraft and wizardry.’
    • ‘Some parents have been disturbed by J.K. Rowling's magical themes, her portrayal of witchcraft and wizardry; but to me, the moral lessons in these books could not be more unequivocal.’
    • ‘Once realizing that this thing had some sort of wizardry in his power, he began creeping towards the door.’
    • ‘The reason for the challenges to the Harry Potter books centre round their focus on wizardry and magic.’
    • ‘In fact, even today, decades away from childhood, I can think of quite a few people whom I wouldn't mind sacrificing at the altar of wizardry and magic.’
    • ‘If there was a school for witchcraft and wizardry, I'd sign up in a heartbeat.’
    • ‘Predictably enough the game follows the same storyline as the movie and tells of Potter's fourth year at the school of witchcraft and wizardry.’
    • ‘The most frequently challenged books of 2001 were The Harry Potter series, for their ‘promotion’ of wizardry and magic.’
    • ‘Edmund and his wife were the only two people who knew of the family's secret, that they knew the art of witchcraft and wizardry.’
    • ‘Characters might think this is some sort of wizardry or witchcraft but it is actually an optical illusion.’
    sorcery, witchcraft, necromancy, enchantment, spellworking, incantation, the supernatural, occultism, the occult, black magic, the black arts, devilry, divination, malediction, voodoo, hoodoo, sympathetic magic, white magic, witching, witchery
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    1. 1.1 Great skill in a particular area of activity.
      ‘his wizardry with leftovers’
      • ‘Troy is not the only food producer benefitting from the marketing wizardry of experts like Felt who work for state departments of agriculture.’
      • ‘This took no technical wizardry or hacking skills.’
      • ‘Westergren's technical wizardry and talent in exploring linked themes through different mediums are cause for wonder.’
      • ‘I recently needed various freelance work done, which ranged from technical wizardry, to graphic expertise, to someone to wire up my house with Ethernet.’
      • ‘Even the help of Peter's electronic wizardry is limited when you must make small talk with Russian agents over a fine English tea.’
      • ‘Yorkshire did have their moments of individual brilliance and once again Darren Lehmann delighted with his wizardry with the bat before returning to Australia with 1,136 Championship runs at an average of 66.82.’
      • ‘But we don't have to look at electronic wizardry to see the damage that can be done.’
      • ‘The character he ends up creating is charming but bland, like the film itself, despite the technical wizardry involved in its creation.’
      • ‘It remains to be seen whether the magical wizardry behind the 2004 Trials will forever change the manner in which this, the most prestigious swimming competition in the country, will be staged.’
      • ‘He seemed to be going at full speed and with wizardry bypassing players.’
      • ‘The result is an astonishing piece of theatre in which communal storytelling effortlessly blends with hi-tech wizardry.’
      • ‘We decided that the best way to see if any editing wizardry was taking place on these shows was to record segments of the live taping and compare those to the edited versions America saw on the air.’
      • ‘Three weeks along and I am some way from producing a dizzyingly lovely stream of fingerpicking wizardry.’
      • ‘As the Modern Industrial Age is superseded by the Electronic Information age, wizardry will flourish and scientists will be relegated to the role of technicians.’
      • ‘On the day that English football fell silent to mourn the passing of Sir Stanley Matthews, Giggs produced a display of left-wing wizardry at Selhurst Park of which the legendary knight would have been proud.’
      • ‘Not surprisingly, they went on to beat Notts by the massive margin of 179 runs in a game which will long be remembered for Lehmann's wizardry with the bat.’
      • ‘I don't know what kind of networking wizardry goes on behind the scenes during a DSL activation, but it takes three decades per line and involves more people than the entire Revolutionary War.’
      • ‘The innate skill and wizardry that is unique to hurling can often leave people gasping and there was plenty of that on display as James Stephens toppled a skillful and committed Athenry.’
      skill, skilfulness, mastery, expertise, expertness, prowess, proficiency, ability, aptitude, adroitness, dexterity, deftness, excellence, brilliance, talent, genius, artistry, technique, art, creativity, flair, finish, polish, panache, finesse, calibre, quality, professionalism
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    2. 1.2 Very impressive or ingenious technology or devices.
      ‘the car is full of hi-tech wizardry’
      • ‘Colin Harvey, prosecuting, told Leeds Crown Court yesterday once the electronic wizardry was removed the account details would be downloaded on to a computer for future fraudulent use.’
      • ‘Aboard, it has every piece of electronic wizardry scientific genius can invent and money can buy.’
      • ‘The average kid's bedroom now contains over £3,000-worth of electronic wizardry, says an insurance firm.’
      • ‘Compared to the hi-tech wizardry, and incomprehensibility, of many of today's multi-million pound car commercials, it sounds a little twee.’
      • ‘Hill descent control uses all manner of electronic wizardry to cope with slippery conditions.’
      • ‘It is here that the latest electronic wizardry is put on board a bus and taken to wherever it is needed.’
      • ‘‘I welcome it and look forward to receiving my piece of electronic wizardry,’ he said.’
      • ‘Fighting back tears, he recalled human things hidden behind billions of dollars in technical wizardry.’
      • ‘A series of sets featuring familiar domestic settings, from the lounge and kitchen to a bedroom and bathroom, showcase a wide range of electronic wizardry.’
      • ‘When the rules are relaxed, you don't get racing that reflects the real world you get Formula One cars with so much electronic chassis wizardry that they can be driven by remote control from the pits.’
      • ‘After finding the serious electronic wizardry that's available to be far too expensive, he came across journal articles describing equipment that costs about a dime.’
      • ‘Meantime, some of the concept car's electronic wizardry is already showing up in current models.’
      • ‘Plenty of thought has gone into the design of this room, and not just in terms of electronic wizardry.’
      • ‘With electronic wizardry the commercials go on forever.’
      • ‘The first earthbound applications of this electronic wizardry will be airport scanners that scrutinize passengers' bags.’
      • ‘Robot Marketer Robert Doornick uses hi-tech wizardry to warm consumers to his Fortune 500 clients’
      • ‘More and more of the super-rich are, apparently, turning away from the best hotels and booking their annual break at the seaside, in cottages without television, DVDs, computers or any sort of electronic wizardry.’
      • ‘It might be a little scary but it is also full of technical wizardry that creates some hauntingly weird images.’