medicine man

noun

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 After his time in the Marine Corps, Vandever became a Navajo medicine man. Shondiin Silversmith, azcentral, "Navajo Code Talker Joe Vandever Sr. dies at 96," 31 Jan. 2020 Families asked medicine men to sing Protection Way songs before the season, chants through night until dawn cracked open the sky. Michael Powell, New York Times, "A Season on the Rez," 6 Dec. 2019 After a trip to the hospital brought no relief, her father took her to a medicine man. Los Angeles Times, "On a vast reservation, female Navajo officers patrol with bulletproof vests and protective amulets," 13 Aug. 2019 Maddon is known for gimmicks — concocting themed-attire trips, bringing in musicians and DJs, inviting a medicine man and setting up a zoo, among a long list of stunts — that allowed his players to feel at ease while also being pushed to succeed. Maria Torres, Los Angeles Times, "Former Angels remember Joe Maddon as being adept at getting most out of players," 17 Oct. 2019 Kaydahzinne, the medicine man, says White Man’s science is good for many purposes, but cannot fathom the spirit world. AZCentral.com, "Amid winding mountain roads, a village pushes back its encroaching fire threat," 23 July 2019 Dine Nez gathered up the package and had a medicine man perform a ách'ááh tsodizin over them. Betty Reid, azcentral, "To Chester Nez, last of the original Code Talkers, the words are more than a code," 29 Aug. 2019 The medicine man gave Dennison an arrowhead talisman and a bottle of mountain herbs to shield her from evil spirits and the perils of contact with the deceased, a regular occurrence in her line of work. Los Angeles Times, "On a vast reservation, female Navajo officers patrol with bulletproof vests and protective amulets," 13 Aug. 2019 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

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First Known Use of medicine man

1801, in the meaning defined above

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“Medicine man.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/medicine%20man. Accessed 1 Jun. 2020.

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medicine man

noun

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

medicine man

noun

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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