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First published 1971 (DOST Vol. IV).
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Magician, n. Also: -cien, -tian. [ME. (Chaucer) and F. magicien.] A magician, sorcerer, necromancer. Also *Artmagician in Suppl. to vol. 1. — 1570-3 Bann. Trans. 44.
The wickit practises of the magicienis
1597 James VI Dæmonol. 8.
Curiosity … is onelie the inticement of magiciens or necromanciers
Ib. 23.
The Deuill … by his magicians, maid [etc.]
1596 Dalr. I. 122/14.
Burne … al juglaris, magitianis

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