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[mass noun] Magic used only for good purposes.
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, witcheryView synonyms
- ‘Working within the confining definitions of black and white magic, this would be a black magic spell.’
- ‘We have four different main directions to chose from: white magic, black magic, elemental and mental.’
- ‘Among Christians, a substantial number believe to some extent in obeah, or white magic.’
- ‘Within Africa, even in highly urbanised and Christianised areas, there exists a wide variety of traditional belief systems that focus on casting and combating spells, essentially forms of black and white magic.’
- ‘It was the arcane language of white magic, the magic of healing and life.’
- ‘His act, which had a lot to do with white magic, was greeted with great applause and in fact some nights he had to turn people away.’
- ‘In these pieces Umbanda was usually described as ‘a sect that practices black and white magic, as well as exotic rituals.’’
- ‘They often had to perform reverse spells where something bad had happened, but now they practise white magic for good causes.’
- ‘Zhong Kui not only attacked evils but also caught ghosts and monsters of all kinds by performing white magic.’
- ‘The Pocomania sect, marked by an African animist tradition, combines Christian elements with dancing, trance, and white magic.’
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