Magus

Magus

ˈmāɡəs

Noun

  • A member of a priestly caste of ancient Persia.
  • A sorcerer.
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Example Sentences

“My mother’s nativity scene was missing one magus, but she still put it up every year.” 

“I’m writing a fantasy novel with the main character of a magus who doesn’t know he’s a sorcerer until he turns 21.” 

“I don’t know much about Dungeons and Dragons, but I think my daughter’s character is a magus.”

Word Origin

Latin, 15th century

Why this word?

“Magus” is the singular of “magi,” which are commonly recognized as the “wise men” who brought gifts to the infant Jesus in the Christian Bible Book of Matthew 2:1. One definition of “magus” is a member of a priestly caste of ancient Persia, which would fit with the biblical definition. Another usage is that of a sorcerer, a definition that has popped up in fantasy video games, books, and manga.

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