medicine man

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medicine man

n.
1. A male shaman or shamanistic healer, especially among Native American peoples.
2. A hawker of nostrums among the audience in a medicine show.

medicine man

n
(Anthropology & Ethnology) (among certain peoples, esp North American Indians) a person believed to have supernatural powers of healing; a magician or sorcerer

med′icine man`


n.
a person believed to possess magical powers, esp. among North American Indians; shaman.
[1795–1805]

medicine man

Also called a shaman, this is someone with magic powers resulting from contact with the supernatural. Common in the religion of the Inuits, Maoris, Mongolians, Polynesians and Native Americans.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.medicine man - a Native American shamanmedicine man - a Native American shaman    
rainmaker - American Indian medicine man who attempt to make it rain
priest-doctor, shaman - in societies practicing shamanism: one acting as a medium between the visible and spirit worlds; practices sorcery for healing or divination
Translations

medicine man

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medicine man

n. curandero.
References in periodicals archive ?
Gelfand, Michael (1964) Witch Doctor: Traditional Medicineman of Rhodesia.
Among the [aborigine] Wuradjeri tribe, when a medicineman wishes to obtain information about what is happening at a distance clairvoyantly, he sends out his totemic familiar on a spiritual journey to gather the information he seeks.
These prayers and ceremonies are usually prescribed by a diagnostician, often a crystal gazer or hand-trembler, then performed by a practitioner commonly known as a medicineman or "singer.

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