war·lock | \ˈwȯr-ˌläk \

Definition of warlock 

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

2 : conjurer

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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 The Colts will be looking for a new bell-cow back despite there being no proof that Frank Gore isn't a warlock who has defeated the slow march of time ... Scott Patsko, cleveland.com, "NFL Mock Draft 2018 roundup: Sam Darnold, Minkah Fitzpatrick top Browns projections," 16 Jan. 2018 Where were the voices crying out that these fables of witches and warlocks, dungeons and devilish rites, didn’t pass the sniff test? Stephen Galloway, The Hollywood Reporter, "Harassment, Scandal and the Media: Is a Hollywood Witch Hunt Brewing?," 6 Nov. 2017 Also, adult witches and warlocks can get a coupon via email for a free full stack of Rooty Tooty Fresh ’N Fruity Pancakes by joining the chain's free e-Club at IHOP.com/pancake-revolution. Doreen Christensen, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Frightening freebies and deals for Halloween | Doreen's Deals," 27 Oct. 2017 There’s Cosmo the Spacedog, a warlock’s eye, and weapons. Joseph Pimentel, Orange County Register, "Here’s a sneak peek at the Guardians of the Galaxy ride, which opens Saturday at Disney California Adventure," 25 May 2017 There’s Cosmo the Spacedog, a warlock’s eye, and weapons. Joseph Pimentel, The Mercury News, "Sneak peek of Guardians of the Galaxy ride, which opens soon at Disney California Adventure," 25 May 2017

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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 \

Kids Definition of warlock

: a man who practices witchcraft

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