witchcraft

noun
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

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And from pop culture to folklore, witchcraft is often depicted as arcane and dark, a world of bubbling cauldrons and crystal balls. Dianca London Potts, SELF, "8 Modern Witches Share Their Daily Beauty Rituals," 11 Apr. 2019 My favorite detail, though, is the red check on his pants: Getty ImagesMike Marsland What kind of witchcraft makes this look work so well? Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "This Week in Timothée Chalamet, February 22 Edition," 22 Feb. 2019 Historian Christina Larner posed this question in response to estimates that about 80 percent of those accused of witchcraft in the European witch hunts of the 16th and 17th centuries were women. Erin Cassese, Vox, "A political history of the term “witch hunt”," 31 Oct. 2018 Such health efforts can be challenging in communities where many people consider Ebola to be witchcraft. Washington Post, "Congo’s Ebola outbreak poses challenges for bush meat," 17 June 2018 All nineteen refused to admit to witchcraft and maintained their innocence. Sienna Fantozzi, House Beautiful, "You Can Now Live In A Replica Of The Salem Witch House," 31 Oct. 2018 But their friendship gets Claire into trouble, and eventually they're both arrested for witchcraft. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "How Many Time Travelers Do We Know About in Outlander So Far?," 19 Nov. 2018 There are whispers of witchcraft in the company, where dancers die in gruesome and hallucinatory ways. Don Steinberg, WSJ, "Why Director Luca Guadagnino Chose the Path of Horror," 27 Oct. 2018 Or considered regeneration witchcraft like in Suspiria. Aja Romano, Vox, "“Protect RBG” memes capture cultural anxiety over the Supreme Court," 9 Nov. 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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witchcraft

noun

English Language Learners Definition of witchcraft

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

witchcraft

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

Kids Definition of witchcraft

: the use of sorcery or magic

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