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wizard

A wizard is, literally, a wise person (from the 15th century Middle English wysard). The term came to refer to someone who claims to have supernatural knowledge or power, such as a sorcerer or one devoted to black magic. Today, the term is extended to refer to anyone who has a seemingly magical skill.

Last updated 06-May-2012

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