ma·​cum·​ba | \ mə-ˈküm-bə How to pronounce macumba (audio) \

Definition of macumba

: a polytheistic religion of African origin involving syncretistic elements and practiced mainly by Brazilian blacks in urban areas

Examples of macumba in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Men in suits went door-to-door to deliver letters announcing that it was now forbidden to practice macumba—a derogatory term for Afro-Brazilian faiths—or even to wear all white, as required for their rituals. Alex Cuadros, Harper's magazine, "“My Gang Is Jesus”," 20 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of macumba

1939, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for macumba

Brazilian Portuguese

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“Macumba.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jun. 2020.

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