- A performance of or skill in performing magic or conjuring tricks with the hands; sleight of hand.
My favorite was when he pulled the live dove out of that tiny scarf.
- A show of skill or deceitful cleverness.
His writing was peppered with verbal tricks and .
Etymology: From French, prestidigitation from presteFrench, preste, nimble, quick (from Italian prestoItalian, presto, from Late Latin praestusLatin, praestus, "ready at hand") + digitusLatin, digitus, finger, + noun of process suffix -ation, from Latin perfect passive participle suffix -atus + suffix -io.
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