Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Word of the Day


Pronunciation: \THAW-muh-tuhr-jee\
Function: noun
Etymology: Thaumaturgy comes from the Greek words for "wonder" (thauma) and "work" (ergon).

The performance of miracles or magic.

"There was ever a cautious hesitancy on the part of the clergy to recognize evidence of thaumaturgy, and the superstitious use of relics."

— John Mcgurk, "Devoted People: Belief and Religion in Early Modern Ireland", Contemporary Review, September 1998

Thanks to Constant Comment for today's WOTD entry

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