witch·​craft | \ ˈwich-ˌkraft How to pronounce witchcraft (audio) \

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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Examples of witchcraft in a Sentence

taught all of her daughters witchcraft
Recent Examples on the Web But in the end, witchcraft proved no match for the 82nd Airborne Division and other troops that descended on Panama City in the early hours of Dec. 20, 1989. Washington Post, "A rotting cow tongue and ‘evil sorcery’: How the U.S. invasion of Panama led to a literal witch hunt," 23 Dec. 2019 This, according to Hyde, is the same reason several people across the world are turning to paganism and Wicca, the religion of modern day witchcraft founded in the 1940s by the Englishman Gerald Gardner. Sofia Quaglia, Quartz, "Women are invoking the witch to find their power in a patriarchal society," 31 Oct. 2019 History of Witches by Candlelight tours will begin at the Wine Bin on Oct. 17 and 24 at 6:30 p.m. Maryland History Tours will share the history of the 12 people accused of felony witchcraft in Maryland. Katie V. Jones, baltimoresun.com, "Catch these autumn events in Howard County from hayrides to haunted teas," 11 Oct. 2019 In Scotland, people are calling for a memorial for women executed for witchcraft 400 years ago. Wired, "Trump's Presidency Has Spawned a New Generation of Witches," 30 Oct. 2019 Rumors have spread that Ebola does not exist, or that treatment teams steal blood and body parts for witchcraft. New York Times, "A Cure for Ebola? Two New Treatments Prove Highly Effective in Congo," 12 Aug. 2019 Just a quick Google search turns up articles, books, websites, and other resources warning families away from the books and movies because of their connection to witchcraft. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "I didn’t read Harry Potter when I was growing up. And I wasn’t alone.," 31 Aug. 2018 For example, in her 1893 feminist manifesto Women, Church and State, American suffragist Matilda Joslyn Gate argues that witchcraft was one of the ways the church and state oppressed powerful women. Sofia Quaglia, Quartz, "Women are invoking the witch to find their power in a patriarchal society," 31 Oct. 2019 An orphan attends a school of witchcraft and wizardry and pieces together the mystery of his parents’ deaths. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV for Oct. 6-12: ‘Throne of Blood’ and more," 4 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of witchcraft

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

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“Witchcraft.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/witchcraft. Accessed 29 January 2020.

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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 How to pronounce witchcraft (audio) \

Kids Definition of witchcraft

: the use of sorcery or magic

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