sor·​cery | \ ˈsȯr-sə-rē How to pronounce sorcery (audio) , ˈsȯrs-rē\

Definition of sorcery

1 : the use of power gained from the assistance or control of evil spirits especially for divining : necromancy

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Examples of sorcery in a Sentence

in olden times people suspected of sorcery were often put to death

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But by some sort of sorcery, her mom, Doria Ragland, recently made a secret trip to London to visit her daughter, and literally no one noticed. Zoe Weiner, Glamour, "Meghan Markle's Mom Flew to London for a Quick Trip, and No One Knew About It," 10 Sep. 2018 Those who survive say they were accused of sorcery to explain the death of a child, a sickness spreading through a village, or even bad weather. Seema Yasmin, SELF, "In Rural India, Protecting Women From Witch Hunting, and an Impending Flood," 17 Aug. 2018 In Greek mythology the cat was a familiar of Hecate, goddess of magic, sorcery and witchcraft. Amanda Foreman, WSJ, "The Dark Lore of Black Cats," 18 Oct. 2018 Sure, the majority of hairstyles in the Seven Kingdoms are actual sorcery, with crisscrossed braids of sculpturesque perfection, but who has time for that? Chloe Metzger, Marie Claire, "The Prettiest Half-Up Hairstyle for Battling a Sh*t Ton of White Walkers," 15 Aug. 2017 Tampa Bay will be their toughest opponent of the postseason, but the Knights will continue with their medieval sorcery. The Si Staff,, "Conference Final Predictions: Who's the New Favorite to Win the Stanley Cup?," 11 May 2018 Though Prospero has been exiled from Milan, and has learned sorcery from books to control the island, Miranda knows nothing of her own background. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "Puzzled by Westworld? Look to Shakespeare.," 26 June 2018 The ballet, choreographed by Texas Ballet Theater artistic director Ben Stevenson, tells the story of the Princess Odette, who is transformed into a swan by sorcery. Sandy Guerra-cline, star-telegram, "The top 10 list is ready to wrap up May with fireworks and fun | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 24 May 2018 Sunday was about more than sorcery from Brad Stevens and Marcus Smart's lack of fear. Andrew Sharp,, "The Celtics Are Built to Harrass LeBron James," 14 May 2018

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First Known Use of sorcery

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for sorcery

Middle English sorcerie, from Anglo-French, from sorcer sorcerer, from Medieval Latin sortiarius, from Latin sort-, sors chance, lot — more at series

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English Language Learners Definition of sorcery

: the use of magical powers that are obtained through evil spirits


sor·​cery | \ ˈsȯr-sə-rē How to pronounce sorcery (audio) \
plural sorceries

Kids Definition of sorcery

: the use of magic : witchcraft

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to mark by some ceremony or observation

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