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witch doctor

n.
In certain traditional cultures, especially in Africa, a sorcerer or shamanistic healer.
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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
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witch′ doc`tor


n.
a person in some societies who attempts to cure sickness and to exorcise evil spirits by the use of magic.
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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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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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
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witch doctor

noun shaman, healer, sangoma (S. African) He believed the village witch doctor had put a curse on him.
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"She is the evil genius of the land," he answered, "and I shall kill her, and all the witch doctors with her!
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.
'Some Christians have been seeking charms from witch doctors to enable them to control their husbands.
FORMER musician Graham Rushworth, of Thongsbridge, started reminiscing about Princess Margaret when he was looking through old photographs of Denny Morris and the Witch doctors.
It's not known whether or not the Socceroos are working with witch doctors during the current championship.
'Then she asked her witch doctors if we were good for each other.'
She lamented that the state has a high prevalence of human trafficking in the country, saying some local witch doctors were involved in the trafficking of persons to Europe according to investigations.
Eyewitnesses narrate that various pieces of charms or Juju were discovered and dogged out on 12 December following hours of spiritual performance by the witch doctors.
As a result, many patients are admitted to the hospital when their diseases are at advance stages, he said and added, belief in traditional remedies prescribed by witch doctors continue to remain strong and this too delays their admission to hospitals .
After the treatment by witch doctors failed, Tirke's family stopped talking to him and locked him up to avoid embarrassment as Tirke endured excruciating pain.