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1. The practice and doctrines of voodoo.
2. The practice of sorcery or witchcraft.

voo′doo·ist n.
voo′doo·is′tic adj.


(ˈvu duˌɪz əm)

1. voodoo religious rites and practices.
2. the practice of sorcery.
voo′doo•ist, n.

voodooism, voudouism

1. the religious rites or practices, including magie or sorcery, of certain West Indian black people.
2. the practice of sorcery. — voodooist, n.
See also: Magic
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.voodooism - a religious cult practiced chiefly in Caribbean countries (especially Haiti)voodooism - a religious cult practiced chiefly in Caribbean countries (especially Haiti); involves witchcraft and animistic deities
cultus, religious cult, cult - a system of religious beliefs and rituals; "devoted to the cultus of the Blessed Virgin"
hoodoo - a practitioner of voodoo
zombi, zombi spirit, zombie spirit, zombie - (voodooism) a spirit or supernatural force that reanimates a dead body


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Witness Candomble, Voudon or Voodooism in juxtaposition to Catholicism as cases in point: The Papacy still runs things or wields much influence in those spheres where Candomble and Voudon are practiced and African adherents flock to see the Pope whenever he visits their nations and, moreover, presumably follow or seriously attempt to follow any instructions he provides on social living.
(7.) Watson dismisses psychoanalysis as "based largely upon religion, introspective psychology, and Voodooism" (Behaviorism 18); Sarraute calls the discipline "une croyance [qui] n'a rien d'une science" and says of its founder: "Freud montre un univers qui n'a rien de commun avec ce que je cherche a ecrire" (Oeuvres completes 1738).
Chesnutt (2001) defines conjuration in terms that closely resemble voodooism: