Definition of witchcraft in US English:



  • 1The practice of magic, especially black magic; the use of spells.

    ‘children and goods were believed to be vulnerable to the witchcraft of jealous neighbors’
    • ‘It was not until 1951 that the first practitioners of modern day witchcraft became known.’
    • ‘There is no black magic or witchcraft behind this self-help treatment.’
    • ‘It was regarded as an aid to eye sight and used as a cure against witchcraft and evil spirits.’
    • ‘On this part of the Yorkshire coast in among the amusement arcades and the history, there's still talk of witchcraft and magic.’
    • ‘The Motu believed in witchcraft and sorcery, but they did not practice it.’
    • ‘These serials help perpetuate superstitions and blind beliefs in witchcraft and sorcery, in magic and animism.’
    • ‘Like Meridiana, her attitude to nature is mystical, and she practices witchcraft.’
    • ‘The way I practice witchcraft has changed a lot, I'm a lot less pedantic now, I'm a lot more intuitive.’
    • ‘The counter measures aimed at combating witchcraft often involved sympathetic magic that was aimed at hurting the witch physically.’
    • ‘There was just no way his disappearance could have happened beyond black magic or witchcraft.’
    • ‘Not every New Guinea community practises sorcery or acknowledges witchcraft.’
    • ‘Brabantio believes Othello to have used magic and witchcraft to summon Desdemona from her home.’
    • ‘There has been a resurgence of the practice of African magic and witchcraft in a number of Kenyan communities.’
    • ‘The misconceptions include black magic, witchcraft, evil eye and being possessed by a spirit.’
    • ‘I don't know whether you believe in witchcraft, sorcery, black magic, and all that kind of thing.’
    • ‘In the practice of witchcraft, spirits are summoned and called to stay in a circle until needed to fight off bad spirits.’
    • ‘The result is witchcraft practised as an occult art, operating primarily through spells and curses.’
    • ‘He believes absolutely in the objective reality of the supernatural world and of witchcraft and magic.’
    • ‘The herb could be worn about the person to ward off witchcraft and sorcery and was also hung about doors and windows to keep evil away from the house.’
    • ‘Many of them practice witchcraft and sorcery as an integral part of the Muslim religious system.’
    sorcery, black magic, the black arts, the occult, occultism, wizardry, witching, necromancy, voodooism, voodoo, hoodoo, wonder-working, divination
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    1. 1.1 (in a modern context) religious practice involving magic and affinity with nature, usually within a pagan tradition.
    2. 1.2 Bewitching or fascinating attraction or charm.