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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For practicing witches, Yemaya has a fierce, nurturing, gentle energy often associated with the moon and sorcery. Amber C. Snider, Teen Vogue, "The History of Yemaya, Santeria's Queenly Ocean Goddess Mermaid," 9 July 2019 Game of Thrones stood out not for its swords and sorcery, but for its application of real history and moral consequence to that setting. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "The Star Wars Park Is a Space-Junk Fantasy," 5 June 2019 Created by writer Roy Thomas and artist Barry Windsor-Smith for Marvel Comics, Red Sonja was introduced as a swords-and-sorcery heroine who was given incredible powers by a goddess. Nick Romano,, "Transparent creator Jill Soloway to replace Bryan Singer on Red Sonja movie," 21 June 2019 Instant: Much like a sorcery, an instant is also played from your hand for a one-time effect. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "How to Play 'Magic: The Gathering': Everything You Need to Know," 19 Feb. 2019 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

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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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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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