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sorcery

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noun sor·cery \-rē\

Simple Definition of sorcery

  • : the use of magical powers that are obtained through evil spirits

Full Definition of sorcery

  1. 1 :  the use of power gained from the assistance or control of evil spirits especially for divining :  necromancy

  2. 2 :  magic 2a

Examples of sorcery

  1. <in olden times people suspected of sorcery were often put to death>



Origin of sorcery

Middle English sorcerie, from Anglo-French, from sorcer sorcerer, from Medieval Latin sortiarius, from Latin sort-, sors chance, lot — more at series


First Known Use: 14th century


SORCERY Defined for Kids

sorcery

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noun sor·cery \ˈsȯr-sə-rē\

Definition of sorcery

plural sor·cer·ies

  1. :  the use of magic :  witchcraft





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