witch·​craft ˈwich-ˌkraft How to pronounce witchcraft (audio)
: the use of sorcery or magic
: communication with the devil or with a familiar
: an irresistible influence or fascination
: rituals and practices that incorporate belief in magic and that are associated especially with neo-pagan traditions and religions (such as Wicca)
Practitioners of Wicca … use the tools … such as the broom (a purifying symbol), the wand, candles, crystals and the knife …. They refer to their practices as witchcraftLesley Wright
or less commonly Witchcraft : a tradition or religion that involves the practice of witchcraft
Feminist witchcraft sees women's oppression and environmental abuse, which they argue are intimately linked, as firmly rooted in patriarchal religions.Wendy Griffin
Wicca, which emerged in the 1940s in England, is the original form of modern Pagan Witchcraft.Meg Yardley

Examples of witchcraft in a Sentence

taught all of her daughters witchcraft
Recent Examples on the Web She has been repeatedly accused in public meetings and on social media of engaging in both satanism and witchcraft. Calmatters, The Mercury News, 25 June 2024 Now, most May Day celebrations are free from religious dogma and are meant for anyone, said Alysha Kravetz, of Bronx, New York, who has been practicing witchcraft for 20 years. Claire Thornton, USA TODAY, 1 May 2024 Acknowledging that other people may have gotten involved without your knowledge is far from witchcraft or submitting names to a shrine, Catholic or otherwise. Shamira Ibrahim, Vulture, 18 Feb. 2024 In 2006, the British government tried to tamp down on the widespread belief in witchcraft among its African communities following a case of child abuse linked to witchcraft allegations. Evan Fraser, Foreign Affairs, 16 Aug. 2015 See all Example Sentences for witchcraft 

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Word History

First Known Use

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

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The first known use of witchcraft was before the 12th century

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“Witchcraft.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/witchcraft. Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

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witch·​craft -ˌkraft How to pronounce witchcraft (audio)
: the use of sorcery or magic

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