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 Zagre and her husband, Ousmane Nikiema, visited a witch doctor after giving birth to both sets of twins. Sam Mednick, ajc, 26 Dec. 2021 They are driven by dream requests and witch doctor instructions, mothers told The Associated Press. Sam Mednick, ajc, 26 Dec. 2021 Fine, the witch doctor (played by Keener) acknowledges. Andy Meek, BGR, 10 Aug. 2021 However, getting policy statements from the Center of the American Experiment on how to do this is like getting cancer treatment advice from a witch doctor. Star Tribune, 26 Jan. 2021 Signs turned up showing me dressed like an African witch doctor with a bone through my nose. Barack Obama, The New Yorker, 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, 14 Sep. 2019 There, witch doctors pronounced that building new airstrips and bamboo headphones would make the supply-laden airplanes reappear. Robert Hackett, Fortune, 19 May 2018 The witch doctors of cybersecurity have offered sham remedies. Robert Hackett, Fortune, 19 May 2018

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First Known Use of witch doctor

1718, in the meaning defined above

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27 Jan 2022

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“Witch doctor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/witch%20doctor. Accessed 28 Jan. 2022.

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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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