black magic


: magic that is associated with the devil or with evil spirits : evil magic
He wore a special necklace to protect against black magic.

Examples of black magic in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

1590, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of black magic was in 1590

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Cite this Entry

“Black magic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

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