One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A woman considered to be knowledgeable in matters such as herbal healing, magic charms, or other traditional lore.
prophet, prophetess, seer, sibyl, augur, wise man, sage, oracle, prognosticator, prophesier, forecaster of the future, diviner, fortune teller, crystal gazer, clairvoyant, psychic, spiritualist, medium, palmist, palm readerView synonyms
- ‘But the bulk of the population had little access to physicians, seeking instead barber-surgeons, apothecaries, empirics such as bonesetters and tooth-drawers, or wise women.’
- ‘Confused and, to say the least, frightened, he decided to call upon the wise woman who lived at the edge of the forest.’
- ‘For early modern Italy this has meant integrating the study of bone-setters, pedlars, wise women, priests, exorcists, and saints into more traditional explorations of physicians, surgeons, and apothecaries.’
- ‘Midwives and nurses also included magic among their skills, and wise women might be consulted about which ghost or deity was causing a person trouble.’
- ‘Witches, shamans, wise women and other variants of the same are more than likely to have their own agendas.’
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