Vocabulary Presentation #5

Mohini Sauhta

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The man used his skills in _____________ to pretend and pull a penny from behind someone's ear.
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WORD


legerdemain noun


  1. Sleight of hand; magic tricks
  2. Any trickery or deception

ROOTS

The roots are Latin and French:


  1. levis "light (in weight)"


levis de manu means "light of hand" and led to the French saying leger de main meaning "quick of hand"

SYNONYMS

Definition 1.


  1. prestidigitation
  2. illusion


Definition 2.


  1. fraud
  2. duplicity

ANTONYMS

Definition 1.


  1. regularity
  2. genuine


Definition 2.


  1. honesty
  2. straightforward

LEGERDEMAIN TRICK

WHICH HAS THE INCORRECT USAGE

a. The boy legerdemained his mother into giving him an extra cookie by lying about how many he had already eaten.

b. She wanted to give a magic show, so she started to learn the practice of legerdemain.

c. The applicant lied about his education on a job interview, committing a serious legerdemain.

d. The little girl thought the street performer was doing real magic, but her older brother told her it was just a legerdemain.

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A. HAD THE INCORRECT USAGE

Legerdemain is a noun, not a verb