ma·​cum·​ba mə-ˈküm-bə How to pronounce macumba (audio)
: a polytheistic religion of African origin involving syncretistic elements and practiced mainly by Black Brazilians 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, 20 Jan. 2020

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Word History


Brazilian Portuguese

First Known Use

1939, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of macumba was in 1939

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“Macumba.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

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