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comment One word for witches and wizards
@AfshinNejat, thank you for the interesting answer.
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+1 Thanks for your answer. And welcome to ELU Stack Exchange.
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+1 Thanks for this answer. As you say, "have a brush with" means to have a brief contact with something, although not usually another person.
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+1 Thank you. I like mage, which simply means "magician" as you say, without the connotation of an illusionist on stage (which I feel the words "magician" and "conjurer" carry).
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+1 Thanks for your answer. I do believe I have heard the term "practitioners of magic" used.
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I think the fact that some things don't really exist outside our imagination doesn't mean the words we have for them aren't real. For example, I'm pretty certain Martians and Venusians don't really exist, but we have very real words for them. And Martians and Venusians both could be categorized as aliens. Similarly the words "poltergeist" and "wraith" are real, and both poltergeists and wraiths can be categorized as ghosts. I wonder if there is a similar recognized category for witches and wizards.
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+1 I believe you're right. However, to my mind, "conjurer" brings to mind an image of a man standing on stage cruelly pulling a rabbit out of a hat. So does "magician," for some reason. Not someone who is (or is thought to be) a "witch" or a "wizard." :-(.
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@tchrist: :-) For some reason, the words magician and conjurer bring to mind people on stage performing illusions, rather than someone who is (or is thought to be) a witch or a wizard.
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@tchrist: I'm a little confused. To be clear, are you saying I should delete this question because if I want "Dungeons and Dragons words," I should look in the dictionary and not ask here whether a single word exists that encompasses the definitions of all these words?
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Hmm, I'm wondering why someone would have voted to close this question. Is it not clear what I'm asking?
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@tchrist, thank you for your comments. If there isn't a single word that already exists and that you're aware of, that's fine of course. You can say that.
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@tchrist, would you differentiate between them based on the type of magic then, perhaps, or can they always be used interchangeably?
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+1 I like "convergence" though it isn't exactly what I was looking for. Thank you. About "encounter," yes, it's interesting how words take on a life of their own travelling around the world.
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