sor·cer·ess | \ˈsȯr-sə-rəs, ˈsȯrs-rəs\

Definition of sorceress 

: a woman who is a sorcerer

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Synonyms for sorceress


enchantress, hag, hex, witch

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Examples of sorceress in a Sentence

asked the sorceress to cast an evil spell over the village

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Named after Pier Paolo Pasolini’s 1969 film about the Greek mythological sorceress, Medea is the brainchild of artists, models, and twin sisters Giulia and Camilla Venturini. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "These Italian Twin Sisters Just Created Next Season’s New It Bag," 28 June 2018 Perkins is a poetic sorceress whose authorial wand wafts over the pages of her book and gently probes the depths of children’s souls. Ellen Handler Spitz, New York Times, "What Should Your Kid Read This Summer? Here Are Three to Start With," 1 June 2018 Scarlet Witch is one of the most powerful sorceresses in the Universe, with the ability to alter realities. Yolanda Machado, Marie Claire, "Marvel's 'Infinity War' Totally Misses With Its Female Characters," 27 Apr. 2018 The upcoming Eastwick, based on the John Updike novel The Witches of Eastwick, stars Rebecca Romijn as the head of a trio of suburban sorceresses. Newsweek, "Amazing Photos of Bioluminescent Phytoplankton," 14 Mar. 2018 Karolina is the girl-next-door with kaleidoscopic powers and a not-so-secret crush on sorceress Nico Minoru (Lyrica Okano). Nick Delieto, Teen Vogue, "She talks playing one of the first openly gay superheroes in Marvel history.," 25 Feb. 2018 In true sorceress fashion, her character continued singing and dancing, arms gesticulating in time to the music, despite the creepy technical mishap, as ride-goers shared on social media. Raisa Bruner, Time, "Ursula Lost Her Head on the Little Mermaid Ride and Frightened a Bunch of Tourists," 30 Jan. 2018 Anyone who doesn't find some color on their forehead, ears, or neck is clearly some kind of sorceress with magical skin-forcefield powers. Marci Robin, Good Housekeeping, "How to Remove Hair Dye From Your Skin (Because You Know It's Inevitable)," 4 Jan. 2018 Our heroine crosses paths with all manner of enchantresses and sorceresses. David Sturm, Columbia Flier, "Science does battle with sorcery at Venus Theater," 15 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of sorceress

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of sorceress

: a woman who practices sorcery


sor·cer·ess | \ˈsȯr-sə-rəs \

Kids Definition of sorceress

: a woman who practices sorcery or witchcraft : witch

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