voodoo

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noun

voo·​doo ˈvü-(ˌ)dü How to pronounce voodoo (audio)
plural voodoos
1
or less commonly vodou : a religion that is derived from African polytheism and ancestor worship and is practiced chiefly in Haiti
2
a
: a person who deals in spells and necromancy
b(1)
: a sorcerer's spell : hex
(2)
: a hexed object : charm

voodoo

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adjective

1
: of, relating to, or practicing voodoo
voodoo rituals
2
: based on highly improbable suppositions : extremely implausible or unrealistic
voodoo economics

voodoo

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verb

voodooed; voodooing; voodoos

transitive verb

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

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
Backstage, Hayden was costumed as a voodoo priest in cape and feathers, his face coated in dazzling colors. Tom Stanton, Detroit Free Press, 23 Mar. 2024 The rule of law has largely collapsed: Last month, a 13-year-old girl and her father, a voodoo priest, were killed with machetes by gang members. Declan Walsh, New York Times, 1 Mar. 2024
Adjective
Right after that, Kelsey handed Joey a voodoo doll as a nod to her New Orleans roots. Dana Rose Falcone, Peoplemag, 26 Mar. 2024 Junior project manager Kelsey A., 25, referenced her New Orleans roots by gifting Joey a voodoo doll and esthetician Talyah, 23, brought him a save the date for their wedding. Dana Rose Falcone, Peoplemag, 23 Jan. 2024
Verb
Despite his clearly enjoying killing people for personal reasons, the movie’s Kraven seems to think of himself as a kind of antihero, which voodoo practitioner Calypso (Ariana DeBose) rightfully clocks as a red flag. Charles Pulliam-Moore, The Verge, 20 June 2023 See all Example Sentences for voodoo 

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Louisiana Creole voudou, probably from Ewe vódũ tutelary deity

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of voodoo was in 1850

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Cite this Entry

“Voodoo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/voodoo. Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

voodoo

noun
voo·​doo
ˈvüd-ü
plural voodoos
1
: a religion that is based on African ancestor worship and practiced chiefly in Haiti
2
: a person who deals in spells and magic
voodoo adjective
Etymology

Noun

from Louisiana French voudou "voodoo"; of African origin

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