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Synonyms for conjuration

the use of skillful tricks and deceptions to produce entertainingly baffling effects

the use of supernatural powers to influence or predict events

Synonyms for conjuration

a ritual recitation of words or sounds believed to have a magical effect

calling up a spirit or devil

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is the main visual element in the necromancer's techniques, the conjuration is the key oral component.
Though no less wayward, her conjurations have a narrower purpose:
Then he may open the book with humble devotion and with heartfelt desire 'that God may sanctify and bless and consecrate this book, devoted to his most sacred names, so that it may fully obtain the power it should have, that it may have power for consecrating the bond of spirits and for all invocations and conjurations of (spirits) and likewise all other experiments'.
These conjurations are compared by Peele to the way the Mass was perceived by Protestants, who scorned the Catholic ceremony as a false show and a form of witchcraft.
In contrast to the leftist political commitments he declares elsewhere, in this essay he struts around like poetry's Neoconservative chief of staff, reinforcing the interests of the poetic establishment through hysterical conjurations of threats.
The history of Lapland wherein are shewed the original, manners, habits, merriages, conjurations of that people.
Wang) Mang intended (to use it) to conquer all rebel forces by means of conjurations and incantations.
Two that might have been available to Cervantes were Pedro Ciruelo's Tratado en el qual se repruevan todas las supersticionesy hechicerias (A treatise reproving all superstitions and forms of witchcraft, 1530) or Martin de Castanega's Tratado muy sotil y bien fundado de las supersticiones y hechiceriasy vanos conjuros y abusiones (Very subtle and well-founded treatise on superstitions and witchcrafts and vain conjurations and abuses, 1529).
16) Reginald Scot, in The Discoverie of Witchcraft (1584), reproduces numerous medieval charms and magical conjurations, including figures to be drawn for conjuring spirits in which magical names are arranged between crosses and pentangles; such practices were used for purposes of divination from at least the fourteenth century until long after Scot's day.
While echoes of Yaacov Agam, Richard Anuszkiewicz, Bridget Riley, and Victor Vasarely linger (as do hints of latterday retro-psychedelia), Blinderman's premise that the visual conjurations of current artists don't just sit on the surface of the painting, they transgress the frame and move right into the viewer's space - a realm profoundly complicated in recent years by spectacular advances in computer graphics and digital special effects, by IMAX virtuality and Magic Eye conundrums - is pretty convincing.
These highly subjective conjurations had to be challenged by the reader, who needed to decide whether he or she agreed with them or not.
7) In terms of this discussion, a close reading could grapple with the cryptic conjurations of perspective in the lyric, and the opalescent swathes of its language, to demonstrate indeed how its exotic diction (and its cancelling of everyday logic) serves to release a waking dream of female embodiment, one in which what is male may be held or may be lost:
The cult of Sybil, according to legend, elicited conjurations and pleas for rings of invisibility that were bestowed as part of the graces of "the Blessed Virgin of Fairies, 'sibyllia,' or the 'three sisters of fairies, Milia, Achilia, Sibylia,' "who appeared "in form and shape of fair women, in white vestures" (967).