One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A man who practises witchcraft; a sorcerer.
sorcerer, wizard, male witch, magician, black magician, diviner, occultist, enchanter, necromancer, spellcaster, thaumaturgeView synonyms
- ‘I've taken to wearing 5-spice beef around my neck and it really helps in warding off witches, as well as warlocks, wizards and basically anyone with an acute sense of smell.’
- ‘Every race has magical and non magical people, these could be wizards, witches, warlocks, sorcerers, or sorceresses.’
- ‘Harry Potter (by J.K. Rowling) is fun to read - it's this world of strange creatures, wizards, witches, warlocks, monsters and magic.’
Old English wǣrloga ‘traitor, scoundrel, monster’, also ‘the Devil’, from wǣr ‘covenant’ + an element related to lēogan ‘belie, deny’. From its application to the Devil, the word was transferred in Middle English to a person in league with the Devil, and hence a sorcerer. It was chiefly Scots until given wider currency by Sir Walter Scott.
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