voodoo

noun
voo·​doo | \ ˈvü-(ˌ)dü How to pronounce voodoo (audio) \
plural voodoos

Definition of voodoo

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 or less commonly vodou \ vō-​ˈdü How to pronounce vodou (audio) \ : 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

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The Courier-Journal reported one protester said McConnell should have broken his neck instead of fracturing his shoulder; another spoke of violence when responding to a reference about a hypothetical McConnell voodoo doll. BostonGlobe.com, "Trump says he’s considering commutation for Blagojevich," 9 Aug. 2019 The movie offers several episodes of remote-control evilmaking, as the Dark Bishop, say, stabs into a disembodied heart like a voodoo doll to cause his mortal enemies pain. John Defore, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Divine Fury': Film Review," 15 Aug. 2019 New Orleans East enigma Library shelves sag with stories that New Orleans likes to tell about itself: pirates and courtesans, voodoo rituals and parlor parties. Lynell George, Los Angeles Times, "Review: Sarah M. Broom shows her New Orleans in ‘The Yellow House’," 9 Aug. 2019 The Courier-Journal reported one protester said McConnell should have broken his neck instead of fracturing his shoulder; another spoke of violence when responding to a reference about a hypothetical McConnell voodoo doll. BostonGlobe.com, "Trump says he’s considering commutation for Blagojevich," 9 Aug. 2019 The Courier-Journal reported one protester said McConnell should have broken his neck instead of fracturing his shoulder; another spoke of violence when responding to a reference about a hypothetical McConnell voodoo doll. Alan Fram, Fortune, "GOP Freezes Twitter Spending After McConnell Account Locked," 8 Aug. 2019 From swing to blues, fireworks to voodoo, a flyover to a little booze, the Fourth of July celebration at the Starlight Bowl Thursday offered something for just about everyone who trekked to Burbank’s hills for the event. Andrew J. Campa, latimes.com, "Starlight Bowl offers plenty for everyone during Fourth of July celebration," 5 July 2019 Before leaving Nigeria, most swear to repay that debt during a voodoo rite. Washington Post, "A foreign mafia has come to Italy and further polarized the migration debate," 26 June 2019 While nothing beats the odd eeriness of a serial killer possessing a doll through voodoo practices, this new AI Chucky (Mark Hamill) reflects the technophobia of audiences who have already plugged into Black Mirror. Richard Newby, The Hollywood Reporter, "How 'Child's Play' Builds on the Legacy of Horror Remakes," 23 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

In fact, during the mid-60s, Bo was the funkiest cat of them all, a trait reflected in this 1966 collaboration with Art Neville that sounds like Otis Redding zapped with voodoo magic. Ron Hart, Billboard, "Art Neville: Celebrate the Late Legend With 11 Essential Tracks," 23 July 2019 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 In fact, during the mid-60s, Bo was the funkiest cat of them all, a trait reflected in this 1966 collaboration with Art Neville that sounds like Otis Redding zapped with voodoo magic. Ron Hart, Billboard, "Art Neville: Celebrate the Late Legend With 11 Essential Tracks," 23 July 2019 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Pieces on display include everything from decorated vases and wall tiles to voodoo flags and fiber art. Jennifer Billock, Smithsonian, "Explore Port-au-Prince’s Triumphant Art Scene," 25 July 2019

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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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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
chiefly US, disapproving : not at all sensible or achievable : extremely unrealistic

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