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Prestige

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This word has a strangely metamorphosed meaning. The Latin prœstigʹiœ means juggling tricks, hence prestidigʹitateurʹ (French), one who juggles with his fingers. We use the word for that favourable impression which results from good antecedents. The history of the change is this: Juggling tricks were once considered a sort of enchantment; to enchant is to charm, and to charm is to win the heart.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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