medicine man


Definition of medicine man

: a person especially among American Indian groups who is believed to possess supernatural powers that can heal illnesses and keep away evil spirits : shaman

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From Vegetables Growing up in Mexico with a grandfather who was a medicine man and a mother who turned plants into makeup, Ere Perez was destined to start a holistic beauty line. Megan Mcintyre, Hana Hong, Marie Claire, "11 New Innovations in Sustainable Beauty from Around the Globe," 18 Apr. 2019 Likely the hatáli, or traditional medicine men, who figure in the fictitious world of Hillerman’s monolithic Navajo still exist, though their numbers have dwindled. Guy Trebay, Condé Nast Traveler, "In the Heart of Navajo Lands," 19 Oct. 2018 From time to time the medicine men come to their clients and jab magically treated needles into their flesh. Gabriel Winant, The New Republic, "Barbara Ehrenreich’s radical critique of wellness and self-improvement," 23 May 2018 Andy tries to save Aunt Bee and her friends from a charming traveling medicine man whose elixir turns out to be 85% alcohol. Southern Living, "Life Lessons We Learned from Aunt Bee," 3 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of medicine man

1801, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of medicine man

: a person in Native American cultures who is believed to have magic powers that can cure illnesses and keep away evil spirits

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Kids Definition of medicine man

: a person especially among American Indian groups believed to have magic powers to cure illnesses and keep away evil spirits

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