witchcraft


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witch·craft

 (wĭch′krăft′)
n.
1. Magic; sorcery.
2. Wicca.
3. A magical or irresistible influence, attraction, or charm.

witchcraft

(ˈwɪtʃˌkrɑːft)
n
1. (Alternative Belief Systems) the art or power of bringing magical or preternatural power to bear or the act or practice of attempting to do so
2. (Alternative Belief Systems) the influence of magic or sorcery
3. fascinating or bewitching influence or charm

witch•craft

(ˈwɪtʃˌkræft, -ˌkrɑft)

n.
1. the art or practices of a witch; sorcery; magic.
2. magical influence; witchery.
[before 950]

witchcraft

From the Anglo-Saxon wiccecraft meaning “craft of the wise.”
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.witchcraft - the art of sorcerywitchcraft - the art of sorcery      
black art, black magic, necromancy, sorcery - the belief in magical spells that harness occult forces or evil spirits to produce unnatural effects in the world

witchcraft

noun magic, spell, witching, voodoo, the occult, wizardry, black magic, enchantment, occultism, sorcery, incantation, Wicca, the black art, witchery, necromancy, sortilege She was found guilty of witchcraft and burned at the stake.

witchcraft

noun
The use of supernatural powers to influence or predict events:
Translations
سِحْر، عِرافَه
hekseri
noituus
galdrar
čarovnija
bajanjevračanjeбајањеврачање
büyücülük

witchcraft

[ˈwɪtʃkrɑːft] Nbrujería f

witchcraft

[ˈwɪtʃkrɑːft] nsorcellerie fwitch doctor nsorcier m (de tribu)witch hazel n
(= shrub) → hamamélis m
(= liquid) → teinture f d'hamaméliswitch hunt nchasse f aux sorcières

witchcraft

[ˈwɪtʃˌkrɑːft] nstregoneria

witch

(witʃ) noun
a woman who is supposed to have powers of magic, usually through working with the devil.
ˈwitchcraft noun
magic practised by a witch etc.
ˈwitch-doctor noun
in some African tribes, a person whose profession is to cure illness and keep away evil magical influences.

witchcraft

n brujería
References in classic literature ?
But there was also talk of witchcraft in the village.
She said, 'I've got a better story of Witchcraft than yours.
The number of those who pretended to be afflicted by witchcraft grew daily more numerous; and they bore testimony against many of the best and worthiest people.
Lastly, to conclude this part; as we said in the beginning, that the act of envy had somewhat in it of witchcraft, so there is no other cure of envy, but the cure of witchcraft; and that is, to remove the lot (as they call it) and to lay it upon another.
Meanwhile the procurator had exclaimed: "If the demon which possesses this goat, and which has resisted all exorcisms, persists in its deeds of witchcraft, if it alarms the court with them, we warn it that we shall be forced to put in requisition against it the gallows or the stake.
To say the truth, whether it were chance, or skill, or downright witchcraft, there was something wonderfully human in this ridiculous shape, bedizened with its tattered finery; and as for the countenance, it appeared to shrivel its yellow surface into a grin--a funny kind of expression betwixt scorn and merriment, as if it understood itself to be a jest at mankind.
playing at going to church, perchance, or at scourging Quakers, or taking scalps in a sham fight with the Indians, or scaring one another with freaks of imitative witchcraft.
My father, I am as one doomed to die for that which my soul knoweth not even for the crime of witchcraft.
It was necessary to apply the witchcraft to the point where their perception of cause and effect failed; and this was the closing of the volcanic vent.
Now you shall see how well we agree together"; and while she combed little Gerda's hair, the child forgot her foster-brother Kay more and more, for the old woman understood magic; but she was no evil being, she only practised witchcraft a little for her own private amusement, and now she wanted very much to keep little Gerda.
Ah, now I see how it is you know Shakespeare and everything, and have learned so much since you left school; which always seemed to me witchcraft before,--part of your general uncanniness," said Lucy.
Old Matthew Maule, in a word, was executed for the crime of witchcraft.