witch doctor


Definition of witch doctor

: a professional worker of magic usually in a primitive society who often works to cure sickness

Examples of witch doctor in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Signs turned up showing me dressed like an African witch doctor with a bone through my nose. Barack Obama, The New Yorker, "A President Looks Back on His Toughest Fight," 26 Oct. 2020 While the witch doctor is depicted as a positive source of African wisdom, energy and healing, Fontenaille’s black magic is dismissed as a dangerous colonial import. Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Our Lady of the Nile' ('Notre-Dame du Nil'): Film Review | TIFF 2019," 14 Sep. 2019 There, witch doctors pronounced that building new airstrips and bamboo headphones would make the supply-laden airplanes reappear. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "Cyber Saturday—Would You Buy Cybersecurity From a Witch Doctor?," 19 May 2018 The witch doctors of cybersecurity have offered sham remedies. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "Cyber Saturday—Would You Buy Cybersecurity From a Witch Doctor?," 19 May 2018 Before the two were married, Mr. Fazley wrote, Ms. Rosmah hired a witch doctor to assess the suitability of the union. New York Times, "A Stunning, Sudden Fall for Najib Razak, Malaysia’s ‘Man of Steal’," 15 May 2018 Communities in some countries believe albinism can bring magical powers, wealth and good fortune — a superstition that has led to attackers kidnapping and murdering albinos to sell their body parts to witch doctors on the black market. Deutsche Welle, USA TODAY, "Zimbabwe crowns first 'Miss Albino' in bid to tackle stigma," 17 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of witch doctor

1718, in the meaning defined above

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“Witch doctor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/witch%20doctor. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of witch doctor

: a person in some cultures who is believed to have magic powers and to be able to cure illness and fight off evil spirits, curses, etc.

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Kids Definition of witch doctor

: a person who uses magic to cure illness and fight off evil spirits

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