Magician vs Magus - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between magician and magus

is that magician is a person who plays with or practices allegedly supernatural magic while magus is (common usage) magician, and derogatorily sorcerer, trickster, conjurer, charlatan.

magician

Alternative forms

* magitian (obsolete)

Noun

(en noun)
  • A person who plays with or practices allegedly supernatural magic.
  • A spiritualist or practitioner of mystic arts (often derogatory).
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  • A performer of tricks or an escapologist.
  • An amazingly talented craftsman or scientist.
  • A person who astounds, is an enigma.
  • Synonyms

    * (practitioner of allegedly supernatural magic) sorcerer, thaumaturge, wizard, warlock, witch, magic user * (spiritualist or practitioner of mystic arts) spiritualist, mystic, witch doctor * (performer of tricks) wizard, trickster, stage magician * (talented craftsman or scientist) whizz, whiz, wiz, wizard * phenomenon * See also

    magus

    English

    Noun

    (magi)
  • (common usage) magician, and derogatorily sorcerer, trickster, conjurer, charlatan
  • (special usage) a Zoroastrian priest
  • : Note : the two meanings overlap in classical usage— both derive from the Greco-Roman identification of "Zoroaster" as the "inventor" of astrology and magic. The first meaning ('magician') derives from the sense of "practitioner of the Zoroaster's craft", and the second meaning ('priest') from the sense of "practitioner of Zoroaster's religion".

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