Definition of witchery in US English:



  • 1The practice of magic.

    ‘warding off evil spirits and acts of witchery’
    • ‘It's just not possible unless by witchery to see into the future.’
    • ‘The humiliation of beggary often produced resentments which, in turn, led to retaliation often in the form of pretended witchery: spreading white powder as threat to kill cattle or to make people ill.’
    • ‘In my eyes this was grand witchery of the same proportions as the zombification chronicled in my comic books, or lightning, or popcorn making.’
    • ‘The mothers had already exchanged new ways to use their witchery and little anecdotes about the past.’
    • ‘In witchery, the relationship between teacher and student is, to say the least, intimate.’
    • ‘Moffatt said she was afraid of witchery but she believed some artists really were witches and wizards - Francis Bacon, for example.’
    • ‘I was exiled from my village when I was sixteen under the charge of witchery.’
    • ‘The slave mother is silenced and timid before women who embody the witchery of the kitchen, a culinary witchery that in terms of the text represents the power to nourish or kill, to lovingly embrace or smother.’
    • ‘Directed by Stephen Bradley, and starring his wife, comedian Deirdre O'Kane, the story is of student Nathan, played by David Leon, who dies and is brought back to life via voodoo witchery by his mum (O'Kane).’
    • ‘A serpent has stung me in my very orchard, an incestuous, adulterate beast born of witchery!’
    • ‘If you're being troubled by witchery, maybe you can go stay with Rob.’
    • ‘‘With all the witchery of the South in her eyes,’ Bankhead delivered such a fine performance that ‘all indications point to a brilliant and rapid climb to a place in the theatrical sun.’’
    • ‘Sure they use samples, vocoders and other electronic witchery as well, but they avoid the sometimes thin, stiff house experience by using guitars, bass and drums as key ingredients.’
    • ‘This was the foundation for many religions, and for witchery.’
    • ‘Could it have been some form of magic, or witchery?’
    • ‘It irritated their father to no end to hear his son praise the people of darkness and witchery.’
    • ‘I don't necessarily have a green thumb, but with my interest in kitchen witchery, I try to keep some herbs and other small plants growing.’
    • ‘It begins with an overview of witches and witchery.’
    • ‘The poem recounts, with heavy tones and little irony, the kitschy mock-trial proceedings, in which an audience of tourists deems Bishop guilty of witchery.’
    • ‘This evidence of witchery is preposterous.’
    sorcery, witchcraft, wizardry, necromancy, enchantment, spellworking, incantation, the supernatural, occultism, the occult, black magic, the black arts, devilry, divination, malediction, voodoo, hoodoo, sympathetic magic, white magic, witching
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    1. 1.1 Compelling power exercised by beauty, eloquence, or other attractive or fascinating qualities.
      • ‘She made sidelong glances of purest witchery at Wolf.’
      beauty, allure, attractiveness, elegance, chic, style
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