war·​lock | \ ˈwȯr-ˌläk How to pronounce warlock (audio) \

Definition of warlock

1 : a man practicing the black arts : sorcerer — compare witch
2 : conjurer

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Any witch, wizard, warlock, goblin, and or muggle can agree that there is nothing more enchanting than a well packaged (and scented) seasonal candle. Katelyn Chef, Teen Vogue, "5 Harry Potter Holiday Candles," 9 Nov. 2018 Hunky teenage warlock Nick Scratch (Gavin Leatherwood) is much more interesting. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina," 18 Dec. 2018 It should be noted that even in a world in which men’s frustrations over seeing women in leadership positions have the moral high ground, a faction of warlocks still manages to align themselves with a man who will bring about the end of days. Kelsea Stahler, Teen Vogue, "The Resurgence of Witches in Pop Culture Like Sabrina, AHS "Coven," and "Charmed" Reflects Women in the Real World," 14 Nov. 2018 Chance himself is enjoying inhabiting the Spellman warlock, which makes sense, considering the role was partially inspired by him. Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, ""Chilling Adventures of Sabrina" Actor Chance Perdomo Auditioned for Jughead on "Riverdale"," 2 Nov. 2018 Ambrose Spellman is a warlock from England who will be played by newcomer Chance Perdomo. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: Everything You Need to Know," 13 Aug. 2018 Battling with orcs and warlocks may seem less cerebral than chess or Go, games at which computers beat top humans in 1997 and 2016, respectively. Tom Simonite, WIRED, "Can Bots Outwit Humans in One of the Biggest Esports Games?," 25 June 2018 In the book, Salem is Sabrina's talking familiar, not just her pet, and its shown that most if not all witches and warlocks have animals to hang out and perform spells with. Alexis Nedd, Cosmopolitan, "This Is What You Can Expect From Sabrina's Riverdale Spinoff, Based on the Comic Book," 8 Jan. 2018 Here are the first photos of The House with a Clock in Its Walls (in theaters Sept. 21), horror director Eli Roth's new family-friendly magical adventure that stars Jack Black as a small-town warlock and Cate Blanchett as the witch next door. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "See first photos of Jack Black, Cate Blanchett in 'The House with a Clock in Its Walls'," 26 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of warlock

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for warlock

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

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English Language Learners Definition of warlock

: a man who has magical powers and practices witchcraft : a sorcerer or wizard


war·​lock | \ ˈwȯr-ˌläk How to pronounce warlock (audio) \

Kids Definition of warlock

: a man who practices witchcraft

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