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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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The ghostly then becomes an exegetical device, a conjuration that belies the "grounded theory" to which Gordon aspires (8).
Les Recits de conjuration sous Louis XIV is an ambitious study of prose narratives from the second half of the seventeenth century that fictionalize historical plots and conspiracies.
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":
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.
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.
Hunt (1990: 79-82) has also used topic in combination with method and discursive strategies to classify medieval charms into six groups, namely (a) prayers, invocations and other verbal formulae addressed to herbs, (b) prayers and mystical words repeated over the patient, or written or applied to some part of his body as an amulet, (c) direct conjurations or exorcisms addressed to diseases, (d) narrative charms, (e) material magic, and (f) transference of disease by a verbal formula, or a ceremony, to some animal or material object.