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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At least half a dozen books on witchcraft have been released in the past six months alone. Deborah Netburn, latimes.com, "The working witches of Los Angeles just want you to be your best self," 11 June 2019 Snakes are also associated with witchcraft because sorcerers use them to perform black magic to frighten or injure an enemy. Maurice Oniang'o, National Geographic, "Rare vipers are being poached in Kenya—but some people are grateful," 4 Apr. 2019 But witchcraft means something very different to the modern day people who practice it. Dianca London Potts, SELF, "8 Modern Witches Share Their Daily Beauty Rituals," 11 Apr. 2019 Marie Claire chatted with the new Sabrina herself, Kiernan Shipka, about the role, political injustice and of course, witchcraft. Julia Felsenthal, Marie Claire, "Kiernan Shipka, A.K.A Sabrina the Teenage Witch, on the Much-Anticipated Reboot," 26 Oct. 2018 In both Coven and in Apocalypse, American Horror Story toyed around with the idea of witchcraft being synonymous with female power. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "American Horror Story: Apocalypse was somehow both absolutely nuts and largely forgettable," 18 Nov. 2018 Nick Scratch is completely enamored with Sabrina, and sort of becomes her partner-in-all things witchcraft in season 2. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "Everything You Need to Know About "CAOS" Star Gavin Leatherwood," 12 Apr. 2019 As a local magistrate and civic leader, Corwin was called upon to investigate the claims of diabolical activity when a surge of witchcraft accusations arose in Salem and neighboring communities. Sienna Fantozzi, House Beautiful, "You Can Now Live In A Replica Of The Salem Witch House," 31 Oct. 2018 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

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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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