magic


magic
magic, magical
The two words compete with one another in all the main senses, ‘relating to magic’, ‘produced by or as if by magic’, and ‘wonderful’, although magic is used exclusively in certain fixed expressions such as magic lantern and magic square. When used in its descriptive role, magic still behaves more like a noun than an adjective; otherwise, magic and magical are largely interchangeable, however close or remote the connection with magic and related phenomena:

• …In the evenings, when the afterglow makes the whole valley magic —J. Ashe, 1993

• She had not been kissed for over two years and it was magical —P. Wilson, 1993

• It's a magically beautiful autumn night —T. Boucher, 2004.

In the second half of the 20c, magic came to be used informally both in attributive position (before a noun) and by itself as a term of enthusiastic approval (We had a magic time / It's magic!).

Modern English usage. 2014.

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