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

Definition of warlock

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

Examples of warlock in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Veracruz is also the center of Mexico’s witchcraft industry, which peaked in the 1950s when a local warlock, Gonzalo Aguirre Pech, became famous enough to add politicians and film stars to his usual clientele of farmers. Emmanuel Ordóñez Angulo, The New York Review of Books, 5 Jan. 2021 Party members’ jobs, usually something like knight or warlock, are literally blue-collar jobs: the foreman of a construction company who wields an enormous war hammer and can summon a parade of workers to stampede the enemy. Wired Staff, Wired, 26 Dec. 2020 These 9-week-old Tabbys are inseparable and make the cutest witch and warlock. cleveland, 22 Oct. 2020 Soon Cordelia encounters childhood friends James and Lucie Herondale and is drawn into their world of glittering ballrooms, secret assignations, and supernatural salons, where vampires and warlocks mingle with mermaids and magicians. David Canfield, EW.com, 14 Jan. 2020 Witches and warlocks soon followed in his footsteps and decided to exchange their souls to him in hopes of becoming powerful by establishing the Church of Night. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, 18 Dec. 2019 When Lewis accidentally awakens the dead, the town’s sleepy facade magically springs to life with a secret world of witches and warlocks. Los Angeles Times, 4 Oct. 2019 Join ghosts, skeletons, witches and warlocks for fun and surprises. Lisa Herendeen, The Mercury News, 19 Sep. 2019 The devilishly handsome warlock is played by actor, Gavin Leatherwood. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, 12 Apr. 2019

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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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“Warlock.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/warlock. Accessed 25 Jul. 2021.

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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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