Definition of witchcraft in English:



  • 1[mass noun] The practice of magic, especially black magic; the use of spells:

    ‘children and goods were believed to be vulnerable to the witchcraft of jealous neighbours’
    • ‘Many of them practice witchcraft and sorcery as an integral part of the Muslim religious system.’
    • ‘The Motu believed in witchcraft and sorcery, but they did not practice it.’
    • ‘Like Meridiana, her attitude to nature is mystical, and she practices witchcraft.’
    • ‘There is no black magic or witchcraft behind this self-help treatment.’
    • ‘The way I practice witchcraft has changed a lot, I'm a lot less pedantic now, I'm a lot more intuitive.’
    • ‘The misconceptions include black magic, witchcraft, evil eye and being possessed by a spirit.’
    • ‘On this part of the Yorkshire coast in among the amusement arcades and the history, there's still talk of witchcraft and magic.’
    • ‘He believes absolutely in the objective reality of the supernatural world and of witchcraft and magic.’
    • ‘Brabantio believes Othello to have used magic and witchcraft to summon Desdemona from her home.’
    • ‘I don't know whether you believe in witchcraft, sorcery, black magic, and all that kind of thing.’
    • ‘The result is witchcraft practised as an occult art, operating primarily through spells and curses.’
    • ‘There has been a resurgence of the practice of African magic and witchcraft in a number of Kenyan communities.’
    • ‘These serials help perpetuate superstitions and blind beliefs in witchcraft and sorcery, in magic and animism.’
    • ‘The herb could be worn about the person to ward off witchcraft and sorcery and was also hung about doors and windows to keep evil away from the house.’
    • ‘There was just no way his disappearance could have happened beyond black magic or witchcraft.’
    • ‘It was regarded as an aid to eye sight and used as a cure against witchcraft and evil spirits.’
    • ‘Not every New Guinea community practises sorcery or acknowledges witchcraft.’
    • ‘It was not until 1951 that the first practitioners of modern day witchcraft became known.’
    • ‘In the practice of witchcraft, spirits are summoned and called to stay in a circle until needed to fight off bad spirits.’
    • ‘The counter measures aimed at combating witchcraft often involved sympathetic magic that was aimed at hurting the witch physically.’
    sorcery, black magic, the black arts, the occult, occultism, wizardry, witching, necromancy, voodooism, voodoo, hoodoo, wonder-working, divination
    wicca, white magic, natural magic
    thaumaturgy, theurgy, the old religion, witchery, demonry, diablerie, sortilege
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    1. 1.1 (in a modern context) religious practice involving ritual, spells, and nature worship, usually within a pagan tradition.