n.1.A fortune teller; one who pretends to reveal mysteries.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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Of the witnesses, only Dorothy Durent blamed the witches for a death, that of her daughter five years before, and she also testified concerning her infant son's illness, for which she had sought help from a cunningman, in 1657.(25) In some cases the ancillary testimony offered by women deals with incidents so remote as to rouse the court's suspicions concerning the witness's motives in coming forward.