voodoo

noun
voo·​doo | \ˈvü-(ˌ)dü \
plural voodoos

Definition of voodoo 

(Entry 1 of 3)

1 or less commonly vodou \ vō-​ˈdü \ : a religion that is derived from African polytheism and ancestor worship and is practiced chiefly in Haiti

2a : a person who deals in spells and necromancy

b(1) : a sorcerer's spell : hex

(2) : a hexed object : charm

voodoo

adjective

Definition of voodoo (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : of, relating to, or practicing voodoo voodoo rituals

2 : based on highly improbable suppositions : extremely implausible or unrealistic voodoo economics

voodoo

verb
voodooed; voodooing; voodoos

Definition of voodoo (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

: to bewitch by or as if by means of voodoo : hex

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Examples of voodoo in a Sentence

Noun

found a voodoo who was willing to put a hex on the man who had jilted her

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The design team adds pizazz, down to candles and individual voodoo dolls. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "The High-Tech Horror Show: How the Unreal Haunted Houses at Universal Orlando Are Built," 27 Sep. 2018 Stabbing a voodoo doll representing your supervisor with pins can be cathartic. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Here are your 2018 Ig Nobel Prize winners," 13 Sep. 2018 The Miniaturist, a three-part series commissioned by the BBC about a (real) Dutch girl married off to a wealthy merchant, her (real) dollhouse, and some (fictionalized) voodoo elements. Matteo Montanari, Allure, "How Anya Taylor-Joy Translated a Childhood Fascination With Makeup Into a Successful Acting Career," 28 Aug. 2018 Does Adora think Camille is a voodoo doll or something? Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "Pointed Observations About Sharp Objects Episode 4," 30 July 2018 For that, there's Jericho Drumm, a Haitian hero ensconced in New Orleans voodoo and all sorts of black magic. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "What's after 'Avengers 4'? Our superhero wish list for Marvel's next decade," 15 May 2018 Police say Thomas accused Dasalla of cheating on him, using voodoo on him, and arranging for a sniper to kill him, according to charging papers. Sara Jean Green, The Seattle Times, "Police: Suspect in Auburn woman’s killing claims she was using voodoo on him," 3 July 2018 The Globe Hall at one time gained renown as a place where certain negro sects met and performed voodoo dances and other fanatical demonstrations. Doug Maccash, NOLA.com, "David Byrne cancels New Orleans show in Oct. Simple Minds due in Nov.," 4 June 2018 During an initiation ceremony, Graham removed his shirt and was bathed with water to cleanse his soul before entering a hut with candles and voodoo sculptures. Ben Brasch, ajc, "KSU student who found brother from DNA test finds more — his homeland," 25 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Customers who feel they’ve been overcharged, customers who talk about one-hour hold times with customer service, customers who think the explanations given for their bills is voodoo economics. Erik Lacitis, The Seattle Times, "Overbilled and overstressed: 3 Seattle City Light customers vent," 15 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of voodoo

Noun

1850, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1880, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1880, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for voodoo

Noun

Louisiana Creole voudou, probably from Ewe vódũ tutelary deity

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The first known use of voodoo was in 1850

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More Definitions for voodoo

voodoo

noun

English Language Learners Definition of voodoo

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a religion that is practiced chiefly in Haiti

voodoo

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of voodoo (Entry 2 of 2)

: of or relating to voodoo

: not at all sensible or achievable : extremely unrealistic

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