Definition of witchcraft in English:



mass noun
  • 1The practice of magic, especially black magic; the use of spells.

    ‘children and goods were believed to be vulnerable to the witchcraft of jealous neighbours’
    • ‘These serials help perpetuate superstitions and blind beliefs in witchcraft and sorcery, in magic and animism.’
    • ‘On this part of the Yorkshire coast in among the amusement arcades and the history, there's still talk of witchcraft and magic.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The result is witchcraft practised as an occult art, operating primarily through spells and curses.’
    • ‘Many of them practice witchcraft and sorcery as an integral part of the Muslim religious system.’
    • ‘Not every New Guinea community practises sorcery or acknowledges witchcraft.’
    • ‘He believes absolutely in the objective reality of the supernatural world and of witchcraft and magic.’
    • ‘In the practice of witchcraft, spirits are summoned and called to stay in a circle until needed to fight off bad spirits.’
    • ‘It was regarded as an aid to eye sight and used as a cure against witchcraft and evil spirits.’
    • ‘The Motu believed in witchcraft and sorcery, but they did not practice it.’
    • ‘Brabantio believes Othello to have used magic and witchcraft to summon Desdemona from her home.’
    • ‘The counter measures aimed at combating witchcraft often involved sympathetic magic that was aimed at hurting the witch physically.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Like Meridiana, her attitude to nature is mystical, and she practices witchcraft.’
    • ‘It was not until 1951 that the first practitioners of modern day witchcraft became known.’
    • ‘There was just no way his disappearance could have happened beyond black magic or witchcraft.’
    • ‘There has been a resurgence of the practice of African magic and witchcraft in a number of Kenyan communities.’
    • ‘I don't know whether you believe in witchcraft, sorcery, black magic, and all that kind of thing.’
    • ‘There is no black magic or witchcraft behind this self-help treatment.’
    sorcery, black magic, the black arts, the occult, occultism, wizardry, witching, necromancy, voodooism, voodoo, hoodoo, wonder-working, divination
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    1. 1.1 (in a modern context) religious practice involving magic and affinity with nature, usually within a pagan tradition.
    2. 1.2 Bewitching or fascinating attraction or charm.