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!
What happens to Bella impels her to seek help from the Witch Doctor of Townend, and her recommended treatment assignment when she does is quite revealing.
Meanwhile, I was looking for a witch doctor but they're like policemen, you can never find one when you need one.
He said Sullivan had a history of bizarre behaviour and even thought his neighbour was a witch doctor.
A witch doctor went on trial yesterday (8 July) after sneaking ammonia on to a Spirit Airlines flight on 15 February 2003.
He paid pounds 100,000 for the Mali witch doctor to cast the spell in an apparently unsuccessful ceremony performed three years ago in Switzerland, it said.
GARDAI are looking for the "witch doctor" who butchered a little girl, the Irish Mirror can reveal.
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CHEICK TIOTE has enlisted the help of his favourite witch doctor in a bizarre bid to regain full fitness for Newcastle.