A directive to a compiler or interpreter that tells it something about how it should do its job. It's not part of your program per se, though it may affect the final result. A pragma might, for instance, tell the compiler to optimize for speed rather than size, or might enforce predeclaration of variables (Perl's "use strict").
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It is not only that there is no hiding place for the gods from the searching telescope and microscope; there is no such society any more as the gods once supported. (Joseph Campbell)