Definition of warlock in English:



  • A man who practises witchcraft; a sorcerer.

    • ‘Harry Potter (by J.K. Rowling) is fun to read - it's this world of strange creatures, wizards, witches, warlocks, monsters and magic.’
    • ‘Every race has magical and non magical people, these could be wizards, witches, warlocks, sorcerers, or sorceresses.’
    • ‘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.’
    sorcerer, wizard, male witch, diviner, occultist, enchanter, necromancer, spellcaster, thaumaturge
    magus, mage
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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.