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First published 1971 (DOST Vol. IV).
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Magic, Magik(e, n. Also: magick, magict. [ME. magik (c 1384), ME. and OF. magique: cf. Magica.] Magic, chiefly but not exclusively unfavourably regarded, as an occult art; sorcery. c1460 Alex. (Taym.) 403.
Suppois that Aristotell … In phisik magik and nicromancy Experience haid
1490 Irland Mir. fol. 165 b.
The ydolatries, wichis, and charmowaris, thai that wsis magic and inuocacioun of the innemy
1558-66 Knox II. 280.
Whare the sclander me of magick, nycromancie, or of any other arte forbidden of God
a1585 Montg. Maitl. Q. lxiii. 37.
Sum greater magik
1581 Burne in Cath. Tr. (S.T.S.) 143/18.
1590 Crim. Trials I. ii. 212.
Be his airt of witchcraft magick and sorcerie
1596 Dalr. I. 287/18.
Throuch the arte of magik witchcraft and deuilrie
a1651 Calderwood III. 13.

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"Magic n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 12 Jul 2024 <>



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