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

Examples of sorcery in a Sentence

in olden times people suspected of sorcery were often put to death
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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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“Sorcery.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for sorcery


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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