Word of the Day – Legerdemain

By April 18, 2017Word of the Day

Legerdemain (noun)


The clever use of one’s hands when performing magic tricks. Sleight of hand.

From the French ‘leger de main’ dexterous, literally ‘light of hand’.

Example sentences

“It’s a blatant piece of political legerdemain” (ironic)

“He was skilled in illusion and legerdemain.”

Word of the Day – Risorial

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Risorial (adj) (rare)


Relating to laughter; used in laughing; = “risible”.

Mid 19th century; earliest use found in John Ogilvie (1797–1867), lexicographer. From post-classical Latin risorius + -al.

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