magic that attempts to control the universe through the mimicking of a desired event, as by stabbing an image of an enemy in an effort to destroy him or her or by performing a ritual dance imitative of the growth of food in an effort to secure an abundant supply; a branch of sympathetic magic based on the belief that similar actions produce similar results. Also called homeopathic magic.
Cf. contagious magic.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.