Definition of sorcery in US English:



  • The use of magic, especially black magic.

    • ‘Big men often purport to be powerful spirit mediums and to possess both healing powers and deadly war sorcery.’
    • ‘These elaborate carved objects commemorate the deaths of those killed in battle or by sorcery.’
    • ‘The time of swords and sorcery has been the setting for many a motion picture.’
    • ‘Therefore, a miraculous act proves nothing, for it can be done through enchantment and sorcery.’
    • ‘In the film that crashed to shore this summer, none of this soft-headed nonsense about fate and sorcery is permitted.’
    • ‘It strikes me that a lot of people don't seem to even think about sorcery in these terms, or relate their practice directly to the world around them.’
    • ‘The conspirators were tried for sorcery and condemned to death.’
    • ‘All magic systems have warnings about what happens when sorcery is used against others.’
    • ‘Cathena protests that there must be some reason that the Prophets condemn sorcery.’
    • ‘I don't think that she will use sorcery often because it would make her easier to track.’
    • ‘His treatment of demonism is written as an antidote to the outbreak of sorcery.’
    • ‘Another legacy of the nobility to filter down to the streets is a fondness for witchcraft and sorcery.’
    • ‘At Bangui police station, a number of detectives specialize in rooting out sorcery.’
    • ‘I don't know whether you believe in witchcraft, sorcery, black magic, and all that kind of thing.’
    • ‘They had many powers, but their strongest mastery was in sorcery.’
    • ‘Many of them practice witchcraft and sorcery as an integral part of the Muslim religious system.’
    • ‘He did on one occasion but this was actually the product of sorcery and not some innate ability.’
    • ‘For younger children it is a trainee wizard, Harry Potter, who is exciting their enthusiasm for spells and sorcery.’
    • ‘A practising witch, she wound up under guard after she plotted to kill her stepson Henry V by sorcery.’
    • ‘The new villages were built over the sea some two hundred metres from shore as a guard against warfare and sorcery.’
    magic, black magic, the black arts, witchcraft, wizardry, the occult, occultism, enchantment, spell, incantation, necromancy, divination, voodooism, voodoo, hoodoo, witching, medicine, shamanism
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