witch doctor


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witch doctor

n.
In certain traditional cultures, especially in Africa, a sorcerer or shamanistic healer.

witch doctor

n
1. (Anthropology & Ethnology) Also called: shaman or medicine man a man in certain societies, esp preliterate ones, who appears to possess magical powers, used esp to cure sickness but also to harm people
2. (Anthropology & Ethnology) a person who seeks out or hunts witches in some African tribal cultures

witch′ doc`tor


n.
a person in some societies who attempts to cure sickness and to exorcise evil spirits by the use of magic.
[1710–20]

witch doctor

Also called an “obeahman,” “jujuman,” root doctor, conjure man and leaf doctor, this is a priest and physician called upon by African tribal members and followers of religions such as vodoun, Santería and macumba. Witch doctors who use their powers only for good are known as “ngangas.”
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Noun1.witch doctor - someone who is believed to heal through magical powerswitch doctor - someone who is believed to heal through magical powers
conjure man, conjurer, conjuror - a witch doctor who practices conjury
necromancer, sorcerer, thaumaturge, thaumaturgist, wizard, magician - one who practices magic or sorcery

witch doctor

noun shaman, healer, sangoma (S. African) He believed the village witch doctor had put a curse on him.
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Yet at the kraal yonder," and he pointed to some huts about two miles away on the hillside, "lives a witch doctor named Zweete.
The witch doctor came and built a little fire before the infant, upon which he boiled some strange concoction in a small earthen pot, making weird passes above it and mumbling strange, monotonous chants.
The balance of the day and evening was filled with preparation for a great hunt--spears were overhauled, quivers were replenished, bows were restrung; and all the while the village witch doctor passed through the busy throngs disposing of various charms and amulets designed to protect the possessor from hurt, or bring him good fortune in the morrow's hunt.
She is the evil genius of the land," he answered, "and I shall kill her, and all the witch doctors with her
The Federal Supreme Court in Abu Dhabi has confirmed an 18-month jail term for a witch doctor, who duped a woman into paying him money and threatened her to publish her private photos if she did not have sex with him.
Patna: Police have arrested 11 persons, including the witch doctor, after two women were tortured and made to consume human excreta on the suspicion of being "witches" in Jharkhand state.
She disclosed that once human traffickers get a victim's consent by force, fraud or coercion, such person would be made to take an oath of secrecy before a local witch doctor in a shrine.
It turns out the victim was a highly respected witch doctor who treated a variety of "patients" with a secret potion promising a long life.
Police in Migori have launched a manhunt for a Tanzania witch doctor who identified two arson suspects before their lynching on Tuesday.
ENGLAND star Manu Tuilagi has revealed how he visited a witch doctor to help cure his injury hell.
49-year-old Shyamal Tirke vomited after every meal due to the tumour, but villagers said it was due to a ghost that had possessed him and his family took him to a witch doctor instead of seeking medical relief.
THE witch and her evil cackle Her black cat with its raising hackles Satan and his diseased wings Satan he who thinks he's king The trickster is the evil prince The demon and his scary jinx The curse of the witch doctor And his dark black magic shocker Ghouls wandering on unsettled land Steven King and his writing hand The banshee and her shrieking scream Nightmare on Elm Street Hounds of hell in Baskerville Darkened streets, eyes on hills Vampires in Transylvania Halloween and zombie mania Apocalypse and darkened places Ghosts with their see-through faces Haunted houses, Frankenstein The split personality of Jekyll and Hyde Insidious, the devil's cove, Amityville horror Woman in black exodus and mama Just a glimpse of Halloween And all creatures that may seen On the night of hallows eve.