witch·​ery | \ ˈwi-chə-rē How to pronounce witchery (audio) , ˈwich-rē \
plural witcheries

Definition of witchery

1a : the practice of witchcraft : sorcery
b : an act of witchcraft
2 : an irresistible fascination

Examples of witchery in a Sentence

the movie star's violet eyes are frequently cited as the source of her cinematic witchery a tale of horror replete with eerie hauntings and evil witchery
Recent Examples on the Web In that whirlwind, some 400 people were implicated in the ungodly practice of witchery. BostonGlobe.com, 28 Oct. 2021 This is a film about witchery of a sort, though Ezwan has no interest in the kind of over-the-top content usually associated with Southeast Asian films about malevolent spirits. Dennis Harvey, Variety, 27 Oct. 2021 Trained in combat by his father’s henchmen and in mental witchery by his mother, Lady Jessica, Paul masters his harsh surroundings and survives attempts on his life. The New Yorker, 27 Oct. 2021 She is accused of murder, witchery, or both, and his terrified deputies train shotguns at the teen despite her evident helplessness. Dennis Harvey, Variety, 29 Aug. 2021 Rebecca is arrested because neighbors assume mothers pass on witchery to their daughters. Los Angeles Times, 23 Aug. 2021 Baby becomes really fantastical, with witchery and cult societies. Matthew Jacobs, Vulture, 22 June 2021 Like the original, the story line centers on a group of young women who don’t fit in, finding solace in one another (and witchery). Washington Post, 5 Nov. 2020 Other groups feel Trump requires magical protection, and they’ve been spurred on by the rising online presence of anti-Trump witchery. Emma Grey Ellis, Wired, 29 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of witchery

1546, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of witchery was in 1546

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“Witchery.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/witchery. Accessed 3 Dec. 2021.

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witch·​ery | \ ˈwi-chə-rē How to pronounce witchery (audio) \
plural witcheries

Kids Definition of witchery

2 : power to charm or fascinate

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