war·​lock ˈwȯr-ˌläk How to pronounce warlock (audio)
: a man practicing the black arts : sorcerer compare witch

Examples of warlock in a Sentence

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Word History


Middle English warloghe, from Old English wǣrloga one that breaks faith, the Devil, from wǣr faith, troth + -loga (from lēogan to lie); akin to Old English wǣr true — more at very, lie

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of warlock was in the 14th century

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“Warlock.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/warlock. Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

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war·​lock ˈwȯ(ə)r-ˌläk How to pronounce warlock (audio)
: a man who practices witchcraft : sorcerer, wizard

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