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

Examples of medicine man in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Troy is the tribe’s medicine man and an IT technologist for the US Geological Survey., 7 Jan. 2022 As her father tells it, Mashpee medicine man Guy Cash suggested the name Waapumeeqân, which means Rising Feather., 7 Jan. 2022 Benedict Daniels and Rena Daniels, both of Monument Valley, built the hogan, while medicine man Andre Haycock, also of Monumental Valley, blessed the structure. The Salt Lake Tribune, 20 Dec. 2021 After a blessing from the medicine man and a briefing for his elf recruits, this Secret Santa, an anonymous businessman, set out to give away $30,000 in $100 bills to random strangers on the San Carlos Apache Tribal Lands. Steve Hartman, CBS News, 10 Dec. 2021 Born in 1831, Sitting Bull was a chief and medicine man of the Hunkpapa Lakota Sioux. David Kindy, Smithsonian Magazine, 1 Nov. 2021 Born in 1831, Sitting Bull, whose birth name was Tatanka Iyotake, became chief and medicine man of the Hunkpapa Lakota Sioux. Washington Post, 1 Nov. 2020 The Narragansetts are thankful, the tribe’s medicine man and historic preservation officer, John Brown III, told The Boston Globe. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 29 Oct. 2021 Sitting Bull, born in 1831, was chief and medicine man of the Hunkpapa Lakota Sioux. Denise Chow, NBC News, 28 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of medicine man

1801, in the meaning defined above

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“Medicine man.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jun. 2022.

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