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CONJURATION. A swearing together. It signifies a plot, bargain, or compact made by a number of persons under oath, to do some public harm. In times of ignorance, this word was used to signify the personal conference which some persons were supposed to have had with the devil, or some evil spirit, to know any secret, or effect any purpose.

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But Gordon's proposed method, in others' hands, slips into cruder conjurations. When she suggests that "we will have to talk to and listen to ghosts," the syntax reveals the danger: that we may speak before we listen, that we invent before we read (23).
Tribout's book slightly revises--and significantly expands on--Jean Lafond's article-length study, "L'lmaginaire de la conjuration dans la litterature francaise du XVIIe siecle," published in 1996 in the collection Complots et conjurations dans l'Europe moderne (eds.
While Yeats's A Vision (both of them) and all his and his wife's conjurations of that "all philosophy" which informs his oeuvre yet "must not show," makes the work a challenge to uninformed readers, so that the creative products can seem to illustrate the very ineffable and abstract systems that were meant to subordinately inform them.
There was almost no practical way in which I was capable of attempting any of the spells or conjurations, but just owning the book was like having access to a source of great power.
Visual art is designed to arouse emotions and passions, but unlike the written word, these conjurations happen inside the viewer and are impossible to track, manipulate or extinguish.
As much as such effects may be figured as artificially derived conjurations of presence, I would argue that the affects they engender in the perceiver are no less actual--however differently embodied--than those experienced in live performance.
(54) These details reflect a social distinction between the poor and unlearned Sawyer, whose conjurations are illiterate, and the prestigiously learned Faustus, whose magic is scholarly.
xiii) now springs more readily from Hardy's poetic conjurations in "Lament": How she would have loved A party today!-- Bright-hatted and gloved, With table and tray And chairs on the lawn Her smiles would have shone.
He constantly demands that the readers suspend disbelief in the eerie conjurations, yet at the same time provides logical clues to rationalize what was happening.
(27) Anon., An Act against Conjurations, Witchcrafts, Sorcery, and Enchantments 1541/42 33 Hen.
Magic has been written down since writing has existed: a goodly portion of Akkadian cuneiform tablets from the second millennium BC consists of spells, curses, and conjurations. But most grimoires are not nearly so old as they pretend to be.
Dialogue reveals that her actions are suspect, suggestive of conjurations or other activities of witchcraft.