Sorcerer vs Magus - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between sorcerer and magus

is that sorcerer is (fantasy|folklore) a magician or wizard, sometimes specifically male while magus is (common usage) magician, and derogatorily sorcerer, trickster, conjurer, charlatan.

sorcerer

Noun

(en noun)
  • (fantasy, folklore) A magician or wizard, sometimes specifically male.
  • Usage notes

    Sometimes misspelled (sorceror), possibly from erroneous analogy to Latinate words ending in (-or)

    Synonyms

    * magician * wizard

    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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