sor·​cery | \ˈsȯr-sə-rē, 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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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 Midway through the film, the secrets of Dolezal's sorcery are made clear. Jason Parham, WIRED, "Dear White People, The Rachel Divide, and the Hard Questions of Identity," 4 May 2018 But the adrenaline rush and the haunting sorcery and ceremony stuck, like the tattoos on the men’s backs. Sophy Roberts, Condé Nast Traveler, "Navigating Tradition and Tourism in Papua New Guinea," 3 May 2018 But mostly for Circe there is solitude in this sphere of her own, and all the time in the world to develop her sorcery. Laura Collins-hughes,, "It’s a man’s world — even in the myths," 20 Apr. 2018 The special effects become more sensational as Elsa's sorcery strengthens with age. Charles Mcnulty,, "'Frozen' on Broadway: It's no 'Tempest' (or 'Lion King'), but the musical sings with sisterly appeal," 23 Mar. 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 \
plural sorceries

Kids Definition of sorcery

: the use of magic : witchcraft

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playful or foolish behavior

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