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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Examples of witchcraft in a Sentence

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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 Women accused of witchcraft were also sent there, along with innocent individuals who defied or offended the Puritan leadership. Condé Nast Traveler, "8 Most Haunted Cities In America and Why You Should Visit," 18 Oct. 2018 Neither of my ideas is on 2018's top 10 Halloween costumes according to Google search data, but witch came in at number five, proving that our love for witchcraft and the occult isn't a trend that's disappearing anytime soon. Sophie Saint Thomas, Allure, "These Are the Most Popular Halloween Costumes of 2018, According to Google," 16 Oct. 2018 Susie is the founding member of Baxter High's WICCA Club (Wicca is a term for Pagan witchcraft). Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Meet the Cast of "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina" and Their Characters," 17 Sep. 2018 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

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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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