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1. Relating to or characteristic of witchcraft.
2. Having the power to charm or enchant; bewitching.
Witchcraft; sorcery.

witch′ing·ly adv.


1. (Alternative Belief Systems) relating to or appropriate for witchcraft
2. rare bewitching
(Alternative Belief Systems) witchcraft; magic
ˈwitchingly adv


(ˈwɪtʃ ɪŋ)

1. the use or practice of witchcraft.
2. fascination; charm; enchantment.
3. of, characterized by, or suitable for sorcery or black magic: a witching potion.
4. enchanting; fascinating.
[before 1000]
witch′ing•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.witching - the use or practice of witchcraft
practice - the exercise of a profession; "the practice of the law"; "I took over his practice when he retired"
Adj.1.witching - possessing or using or characteristic of or appropriate to supernatural powerswitching - possessing or using or characteristic of or appropriate to supernatural powers; "charming incantations"; "magic signs that protect against adverse influence"; "a magical spell"; "'tis now the very witching time of night"- Shakespeare; "wizard wands"; "wizardly powers"
supernatural - not existing in nature or subject to explanation according to natural laws; not physical or material; "supernatural forces and occurrences and beings"


1. Having, brought about by, or relating to supernatural powers or magic:
The use of supernatural powers to influence or predict events:


adj the witching hourdie Geisterstunde
References in periodicals archive ?
The "spellbinding" find occurred near Lower Black Moss reservoir, in the village of Barley, which nestles in the shadow of Pendle Hill - the UK's premier witching hot-spot.
This section also looks at the supernatural traveling abilities of Jerseymen wishing to visit their homes in the British Isles, the "black heart" or "black art" books thought to convey power to their owners, and touches briefly on the intersection of witchcraft and religion, concluding that among the people she interviewed and the evidence she examined, "Narrative and experience, not theology, supply the best evidence for most people" and that she sees "witching as essentially an a religious phenomenon" (71).
Here is the link between witching and economic exploitation (either through subsistence begging, placatory gifts or securing employment for male family members); the link between the moral and magical economy; the paradoxical role of the witch as scapegoat and benefactor; and the function of prophesy and cursing.