witch·​craft | \ˈwich-ˌkraft \

Definition of witchcraft 

1a : the use of sorcery or magic

b : communication with the devil or with a familiar

2 : an irresistible influence or fascination

3 : wicca

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And how has this identity shaped your perspective and your witchcraft? Andrea Alonso, Los Angeles Magazine, "Meet the L.A. Woman Demystifying Modern-Day Witchcraft," 10 Apr. 2018 Ellen’s preferred form of creative expression is witchcraft, a practice that certainly deserves a measure of suspicion. Katherine Fusco, The Atlantic, "Hereditary and the Monstrousness of Creative Moms," 11 July 2018 But she was later captured by the English, tried for crimes such as witchcraft, dressing like a man, and heresy, and ultimately burned at the stake in a public death. Najma Sharif, Teen Vogue, "Emma González Responded to Joan of Arc Comparisons," 16 Apr. 2018 Mila Flores is a high school junior whose dabbling in witchcraft made her and best friend Riley outcasts in their school. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "Four hot novels for teens to dive into this summer vacation," 3 July 2018 When fighting for freedom, the NRA doesn’t get involved in witchcraft. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "The NRA's Warning About Witchcraft and Gun Control May Not Be as Bizarre as You Think," 17 June 2018 The National Rifle Association issued a seemingly bizarre warning about witchcraft and gun control on Twitter over the weekend. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "The NRA's Warning About Witchcraft and Gun Control May Not Be as Bizarre as You Think," 17 June 2018 Ceremonial magic, like the kind Joan and her friends seemed to be doing, is a very different type of magic than witchcraft, Hendrix told the Cut. Madeleine Aggeler, The Cut, "‘It’s Pretty Involved’: Witches Explain How to Summon the Demon From Hereditary," 15 June 2018 As Bruce later said in court, the attack began following a Sunday service when Irwin called his family together and confronted the teenage brothers with allegations of child abuse and witchcraft. Chris Harris, PEOPLE.com, "Inside the Church Cult That Eventually Drove Parents to Join a 12-Hour Beating of Their Sons," 14 June 2018

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First Known Use of witchcraft

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of witchcraft

: magical things that are done by witches : the use of magical powers obtained especially from evil spirits


witch·​craft | \ˈwich-ˌkraft \

Kids Definition of witchcraft

: the use of sorcery or magic

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