sor·​cer·​ess | \ ˈsȯr-sə-rəs How to pronounce sorceress (audio) , ˈsȯrs-rəs\

Definition of sorceress

: a woman who is a sorcerer

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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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Instead, Osanna tells Italian news agency ANSA that the owner of the sorceress’s kit was likely owned by a slave or servant. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "A Sorceress’s Kit Was Discovered in the Ashes of Pompeii," 14 Aug. 2019 The objects were probably left behind by someone fleeing the famous volcanic eruption in 79 AD—possibly even a sorceress. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Archaeologists discovered an invaluable cache of ritual artifacts at Pompeii," 14 Aug. 2019 But the character rollout of Cavill’s Geralt (the titular monster hunter known as a Witcher), Anya Chalotra’s Yennefer (a sorceress), and Freya Allan’s Ciri (a mysterious young girl) did not come with the best horsey this side of The Continent. Nick Romano,, "Netflix's The Witcher reveals new look at Henry Cavill, now with more horse," 16 July 2019 In Euripides’ play, Medea is an Eastern sorceress who falls in love with Jason, of Argonaut fame, and helps him nab her father’s Golden Fleece. New York Times, "Rewriting Greek Tragedies as Immigrant Stories," 12 July 2019 This cinematic Glinda is not only a sorceress then, but also a sage. Pam Grossman, The Atlantic, "The Wizard of Oz Invented the ‘Good Witch’," 25 Aug. 2019 The story will center on Geralt, a princess named Ciri and a sorceress named Yennefer. Eliana Dockterman, Time, "The 24 Most Anticipated TV Shows of Fall 2019," 9 Aug. 2019 Two millennia and change later, author Madeline Miller's novel Circe flipped the script, telling the age-old story from the sorceress's perspective. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Circe, a Beloved Book Based on Greek Mythology, to Be Adapted for Television," 31 July 2019 And of course there’s a love story with a sorceress named Yennefer (Anya Chalotra). San Diego Union-Tribune, "Comic-Con 2019: 50 things to see at this year’s Comic-Con," 17 July 2019

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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 How to pronounce sorceress (audio) \

Kids Definition of sorceress

: a woman who practices sorcery or witchcraft : witch

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