hocus-pocus

  • 1 Hocus Pocus — Hocus pocus, hocus pocus, or hokus pokus is a term used by magicians, usually the magic words spoken when bringing about some sort of change. It may also refer to: Contents 1 Books 2 Film and television 3 Music 4 …

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  • 2 Hocus pocus — Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom. Hocus Pocus est une locution utilisée par les magiciens. On la retrouve en outre dans : Sommaire 1 Résumé 2 Cinéma …

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  • 3 hocus-pocus — 1620s, Hocas Pocas, common name of a magician or juggler, a sham Latin invocation used in tricks, probably based on a perversion of the sacramental blessing from the Mass, Hoc est corpus meum This is my body. The first to make this speculation on …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4 hocus-pocus — [hō′kəspō′kəs] n. [imitation L, prob. altered < hax pax (max Deus adimax), arbitrary magic formula attributed to medieval traveling scholars] 1. meaningless words used as a formula by conjurers 2. a magician s trick or trickery; sleight of… …

    English World dictionary

  • 5 Hocus-pocus — Ho cus po cus, n. [Prob. invented by jugglers in imitation of Latin. Cf. {Hoax}, {Hocus}.] 1. A term used by magicians or conjurers in pretended incantations. [1913 Webster] 2. A juggler or trickster. [Archaic] Sir T. Herbert. [1913 Webster] 3. A …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 6 Hocus-pocus — Ho cus po cus, v. t. To cheat. [Colloq.] L Estrange. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 7 Hocus pocus — Hocus pocus, 1) Wörter, welche Taschenspieler bei ihren Kunststücken aussprechen. Man hat die etymologische Abstammung dieser Formel von hoc est corpus aus dem Missale; od. von dem wallisischen hocced, Betrug; od. dem englischen pocke, Tasche u.a …

    Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • 8 Hocus Pocus — Hocus Pocus, S. Hokus Pokus …

    Grammatisch-kritisches Wörterbuch der Hochdeutschen Mundart

  • 9 hocus-pocus — mummery, *gibberish, abracadabra …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 10 hocus-pocus — [n] deception, magic abracadabra*, artifice, cant, chant, charm, cheating, chicanery, conjuring, deceit, delusion, flimflam*, fraud, gibberish, gobbledegook*, hoax, humbug, imposture, incantation, jargon, juggling, legerdemain, mumbo jumbo*,… …

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  • 11 hocus-pocus — ► NOUN 1) meaningless talk used to deceive. 2) a form of words used by a conjuror. ORIGIN from hax pax max Deus adimax, a pseudo Latin phrase used as a magic formula by conjurors …

    English terms dictionary

  • 12 Hocus Pocus — Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom. Hocus Pocus est une locution utilisée par les magiciens. On la retrouve en outre dans : Sommaire 1 Folklore 2 Cin …

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  • 13 Hocus Pocus — La expresión Hocus Pocus, puede referirse a: Hocus Pocus, una película norteamericana. Hocus Pocus, una banda francesa de rap y Hip hop. Hocus Pocus, un Festival de ilusionismo y magia, que se celebra en Granada (España). Hocus Pocus, un single… …

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  • 14 Hocus Pocus — Filmdaten Deutscher Titel Hocus Pocus Produktionsland USA …

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  • 15 hocus pocus — [17] Hocus pocus came from a phoney Latin phrase – in full hax pax max Deus adimax – used by travelling conjurers to impress their audiences. It was originally used for such a ‘conjurer’, or for a ‘trickster’ in general (‘a Persian hocus pocus… …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 16 hocus pocus — [17] Hocus pocus came from a phoney Latin phrase – in full hax pax max Deus adimax – used by travelling conjurers to impress their audiences. It was originally used for such a ‘conjurer’, or for a ‘trickster’ in general (‘a Persian hocus pocus… …

    Word origins

  • 17 hocus-pocus — /hoʊkəs ˈpoʊkəs / (say hohkuhs pohkuhs) interjection 1. (a formula used in conjuring or incantations.) –noun 2. a juggler s trick; sleight of hand. 3. trickery or deception. 4. unnecessary mystification or elaboration extended to cover deception… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 18 hocus-pocus — [[t]ho͟ʊkəs po͟ʊkəs[/t]] N UNCOUNT (disapproval) If you describe something as hocus pocus, you disapprove of it because you think it is false and intended to trick or deceive people. It is unlikely he would have mistaken hocus pocus for genuine… …

    English dictionary

  • 19 hocus-pocus — noun 1) a little hocus pocus and presto! the tiger disappears Syn: magic, sleight of hand, conjuring, witchcraft, wizardry, sorcery; deception, sham, devilry, trickery; informal scam 2) she dismissed it as so much hocus pocus Syn …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 20 hocus-pocus — I. noun Etymology: probably from hocus pocus, imitation Latin phrase used by jugglers Date: 1647 1. sleight of hand 2. nonsense or sham used especially to cloak deception II. transitive verb ( cussed or cused; cussing or …

    New Collegiate Dictionary