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Magog
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MAGUS, SIMON
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magus definitions

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: a magician or sorcerer of ancient times
2: a member of the Zoroastrian priesthood of the ancient Persians

Merriam Webster's

noun (plural magi) Etymology: Latin, from Greek magos more at magic Date: 1555 1. a. a member of a hereditary priestly class among the ancient Medes and Persians b. often capitalized one of the traditionally three wise men from the East paying homage to the infant Jesus 2. magician, sorcerer

Britannica Concise

Member of an ancient Persian clan specializing in cultic activities. The magi were a priestly caste during the Seleucid, Parthian, and Sasanian dynasties, and parts of the Avesta are probably derived from them. Their priesthood is believed to have served several religions, incl. Zoroastrianism. From the 1st cent. AD onward, the word magus in its Syriac form (magusai) was applied to magicians and soothsayers, chiefly from Babylonia. As long as the Persian empire lasted there was a distinction between the Persian magi, credited with profound religious knowledge, and the Babylonian magi, often considered outright imposters. See also Magi.

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. (pl. magi) 1 a member of a priestly caste of ancient Persia. 2 a sorcerer. 3 (the (three) Magi) the 'wise men' from the East who brought gifts to the infant Christ (Matt.
2:1). Etymology: ME f. L f. Gk magos f. OPers. magus



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