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archimage (AHR-kuh-mayj) noun

A great magician.

[From Greek archi- (principal, chief) + Latin magus (magician).]

"One of his ancestors, Sweyn Bettercnut, was an archimage who used demons to perform his magic." Charlene Evans; From Asimov, Wishes Better Unwished; Houston Chronicle (Texas); Jul 30, 1989.

"Friday some of my Stanford University Turkish friends will respond unfavorably to this essay, as they have in past years. They will explain that an Armenian archimage and his fabricating wand are at it once more, waving up a fairy tale portrayal." Chris Guzelian; Turkey Must Officially Recognize Armenian Genocide; The Stanford Daily (California); Apr 24, 2003.

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