prestigious (adj.) 1540s, "practicing illusion or magic, deceptive," from L. praestigious "full of tricks," from praestigiae "juggler's tricks," probably altered by dissimilation from praestringere "to blind, blindfold, dazzle," from prae "before" (see PRE- (Cf. pre-)) + stringere "to tie or bind" (see STRAIN (Cf. strain) (v.)). Derogatory until 19c.; meaning "having dazzling influence" is attested from 1913 (see PRESTIGE (Cf. prestige)).

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  • prestigious — [pres tij′əs, prestē′jəs] adj. [L praestigiosus, full of deceitful tricks < praestigium, delusion: see PRESTIGE] 1. Archaic of or characterized by legerdemain or deceptionof or characterized by legerdemain or deception 2. [re formed from… …   English World dictionary

  • prestigious — prestigiously, adv. prestigiousness, n. /pre stij euhs, stij ee euhs, stee jeuhs, stee jee euhs/, adj. 1. indicative of or conferring prestige: the most prestigious address in town. 2. having a high reputation; honored; esteemed: a prestigious… …   Universalium

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