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
Recent Examples on the Web Players could cast spells, unleash creatures, and deploy various sorceries to bring each other’s life total (which starts at 20 points) down to zero. Cecilia D'anastasio, Wired, "The Entire History of World of Warcraft," 23 Apr. 2020 The sword and sorcery movies of the 1980s may look cheesy by today’s standards, but they’re fondly remembered by many fans. Geek's Guide To The Galaxy, WIRED, "Will Heroes in Loincloths Ever Make a Comeback?," 27 July 2019 Communism was to the 20th century what sorcery had been to the Middle Ages. David Pryce-jones, National Review, "Robert Conquest: Sovietologist and Poet," 28 Apr. 2020 In an age when the occult was as sure a threat as the arctic cold, Finnmark authorities suspected witchcraft as the cause and issued a sorcery decree. Emily Barton, New York Times, "A Deadly Storm, a Witch Hunt and a Village Without Men," 12 Feb. 2020 The Premier League is still under his spell and, at time of writing, his record reads 55 goals, 87 assists and 200 wins from his 290 Premier League appearances - sorcery of the highest order., "Golden Oldies: The Ultimate Premier League Over-30s XI," 9 Oct. 2019 The last time that happened was about a year and a half ago, when the Cavs must have summoned some kind of sorcery to topple Philadelphia and Houston on consecutive nights. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Cleveland Cavaliers’ coaching change was a ‘wake-up call’ that forced everyone to look in the mirror," 27 Feb. 2020 Stifled for the first 50 minutes, Patrick Mahomes reprised his playoff sorcery, leading three touchdown drives in the final 6 minutes 32 seconds, to deliver the Chiefs their first championship since the 1969 season. Ben Shpigel, New York Times, "Chiefs Defeat 49ers in Stunning Super Bowl Comeback," 3 Feb. 2020 The second has found a victim in a different portion of the city whose brain appears to have melted before being frozen into glass, as if afflicted by sorcery. National Geographic, "Vesuvius eruption baked some people to death—and turned one brain to glass," 23 Jan. 2020

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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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18 May 2020

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“Sorcery.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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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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