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Definition of Magi

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three wise men who came from the East to worship the baby Jesus (Biblical)
one of the Magi, one of the wise men who came from the East to worship the baby Jesus (Biblical)
Zoroastrian priest of ancient Media and Persia; magician, sorcerer
language spoken in the following areas of India (southern districts of Bihar, eastern Patna District, northern Chotanagpur Division; West Bengal, Malda District)
Magi Definition from Arts & Humanities Dictionaries & Glossaries
JM Latin-English Dictionary
wise/learned man; magician (Persian); astrologer
Magi Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
(n. pl.)
A caste of priests, philosophers, and magicians, among the ancient Persians; hence, any holy men or sages of the East.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913), edited by Noah Porter. About
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\ma"gi\ (?), n. pl. [l., pl. of magus, gr. &?;; of per. origin. cf. mage, magic.] a caste of priests, philosophers, and magicians, among the ancient persians; hence, any holy men or sages of the east. the inspired magi from the orient came.
n : (new testament) the sages who visited jesus and mary and joseph shortly after jesus was born; according to the gospel of matthew they were guided by a star and brought gifts of gold and frankincense and myrrh; because there were three gifts it is usually assumed that there were three of them [syn: wise men, magi]

JM Welsh <=> English Dictionary
Magi = n. principle of generation
WordNet 2.0

1. (New Testament) the sages who visited Jesus and Mary and Joseph shortly after Jesus was born; the Gospel According to Matthew says they were guided by a star and brought gifts of gold and frankincense and myrrh; because there were three gifts it is usually assumed that there were three of them
(synonym) Wise Men
(hypernym) collection, aggregation, accumulation, assemblage
(member-meronym) Balthazar, Balthasar
(classification) New Testament

1. a magician or sorcerer of ancient times
(hypernym) sorcerer, magician, wizard, necromancer
2. a member of the Zoroastrian priesthood of the ancient Persians
(hypernym) priest, non-Christian priest
Magi Definition from Science & Technology Dictionaries & Glossaries
ICAO aircraft designation codes
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Magi Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
English Wikipedia - The Free Encyclopedia
Magi (; Latin plural of magus; magos; Kurdish:mager,Old Persian: maguš, mogh; English singular magian, mage, magus, magusian, magusaean; , Turkish: mecî) is a term, used since at least the 6th century BCE, to denote followers of Zoroastrianism or Zoroaster. The earliest known usage of the word Magi is in the trilingual inscription written by Darius the Great, known as the Behistun Inscription. Old Persian texts, pre-dating the Hellenistic period, refer to a Magus as a Zurvanic, and presumably Zoroastrian, priest.

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Mägi is a surname of Estonian origin. The word "mägi" in Estonian means "mountain" or "hill". People with the surname Mägi include:
  • Ester Mägi (b. 1922), an Estonian composer.
  • Konrad Mägi (1878–1925), an Estonian landscape painter.
  • Maris Mägi (b. 1987), an Estonian sprinter.
  • Tõnis Mägi (b. 1948), an Estonian singer, guitarist, composer and actor.

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Magy (マギー Magī, born Yūichi Kojima, 児島雄一 Kojima Yūichi, on May 12, 1973) is a Japanese actor.

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Magi Definition from Religion & Spirituality Dictionaries & Glossaries
Smith's Bible Dictionary

(Authorized Version wise men).
→ In the Hebrew text of the Old Testament the word occurs but twice, and then only incidentally. (Jeremiah 29:3,13) "Originally they were a class of priests among the Persians and Medes who formed the king's privy council, and cultivated as trology, medicine and occult natural science. They are frequently referred to by ancient authors. Afterward the term was applied to all eastern philosophers."-Schaff's Popular Commentary. They appear in Herodotus' history of Astyages as interpreters of dreams, i. 120; but as they appear in Jeremiah among the retinue of the Chaldean king, we must suppose Nebuchadnezzar's conquests led him to gather round him the wise men and religious teachers of the nations which he subdued, and that thus the sacred tribe of the Medes rose under his rule to favor and power. The Magi took their places among "the astrologers and star gazers and monthly prognosticators." It is with such men that, we have to think of Daniel and his fellow exiles as associated. The office which Daniel accepted (Daniel 5:11) was probably rab-mag-chief of the Magi.
→ The word presented itself to the Greeks as connected with a foreign system of divination and it soon became a byword for the worst form of imposture. This is the predominant meaning of the word as it appears in the New Testament. (Acts 8:9; 13:8)
→ In one memorable instance, however, the word retains its better meaning. In the Gospel of St. Matthew, ch. (Matthew 2:1-12) the Magi appear as "wise men"-properly Magians-who were guided by a star from "the east" to Jerusalem, where they suddenly appeared in the days of Herod the Great, inquiring for the new-born king of the Jews, whom they had come to worship. As to the country from which they came, opinions vary greatly; but their following the guidance of a star seems to point to the banks of the Tigris and Euphrates, where astronomy was Cultivated by the Chaldeans. See: See Star Of The Wise Men OF THE East (Why should the new star lead these wise men to look for a king of the Jews? (1) These wise men from Persia were the most like the Jews, in religion, of all nations in the world. They believed in one God, they had no idols, they worshipped light as the best symbol of God. (2) The general expectation of such a king. "The Magi," says) Ellicott, "express the feeling which the Roman historians Tacitus and Suetonius tell us sixty or seventy years later had been for a long time very widely diffused. Everywhere throughout the East men were looking for the advent of a great king who was to rise from among the Jews. It had fermented in the minds of men, heathen as well as Jews, and would have led them to welcome Jesus as the Christ had he come in accordance with their expectation." Virgil, who lived a little before this, owns that a child from heaven was looked for, who should restore the golden age and take away sin. (3) This expectation arose largely from the dispersion of the Jews among all nations, carrying with them the hope and the promise of a divine Redeemer. Isai 9, 11; Dani 7 (4) Daniel himself was a prince and chief among this very class of wise men. His prophecies: were made known to them; and the calculations by which he pointed to the very time when Christ should be born became, through the book of Daniel, a part of their ancient literature.-ED.) According to a late tradition, the Magi are represented as three kings, named Gaspar, Melchior and Belthazar, who take their place among the objects of Christian reverence, and are honored as the patron saints of travellers.
Smith's Bible Dictionary (1884) , by William Smith. About
Magi [plural of Old Persian magus a wise man from the verbal root meh great; cf Sanskrit maha; cf Avestan mogaha, Latin plural magus, Greek magos, Persian mogh, Pahlavi maga] An hereditary priesthood or sacerdotal caste in Media and Persia. Zoroaster, himself a member of the Society of the Magi, divides the initiates into three degrees according to their level of enlightenment: the highest were referred to as Khvateush (those enlightened with their own inner light or self-enlightened); the second were called Varezenem (those who practice); and the third, Airyamna (friends or Aryans). The ancient Parsis may be divided into three degrees of Magi: the Herbods or novitiates; the Mobeds or masters; and the Destur Mobeds or perfect masters -- the "Dester Mobeds being identical with the Hierophants of the mysteries, as practised in Greece and Egypt" (TG 197).
Pliny mentions three schools of Magi: one founded at an unknown antiquity; a second established by Osthanes and Zoroaster; and a third by Moses and Jambres. "And all the knowledge possessed by these different schools, whether Magian, Egyptian, or Jewish, was derived from India, or rather from both sides of the Himalayas" (IU 2:361). According to Shahrestani (12th-century Islamic scholar) the Magi are divided into three sects: Gaeomarethians (Kayumarthians), Zarvanian (Zurvanian), and Zoroastrians. They all share the common belief that in this manifested universe the dualism of light and darkness is at work and that the final victory of the light is the day of resurrection.
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