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

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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 As feminism becomes the realm of the corporate-speak, many of those in search of outside power are arriving at witches and witchery. Sofia Quaglia, Quartz, "Women are invoking the witch to find their power in a patriarchal society," 31 Oct. 2019 The craze for witchery displays an encouragingly wide understanding that for social change to happen someone has to feel threatened. Kelsea Stahler, Teen Vogue, "The Resurgence of Witches in Pop Culture Like Sabrina, AHS "Coven," and "Charmed" Reflects Women in the Real World," 14 Nov. 2018 Argento’s Suspiria used its aesthetic to celebrate a witchery that was inherently otherworldly and stylized, producing a rapturous symphony of violence for its own beautiful sake. Aja Romano, Vox, "How Suspiria turns the color red into a plot point," 9 Nov. 2018 This material witchery is possible thanks to a series of capacitive sensors that are embedded into the concrete. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Smart concrete wall reacts to human touch," 2 July 2018 Circe is her name, and witchery is the offense that has gotten her exiled to a remote and hilly place called Aiaia. Laura Collins-hughes, BostonGlobe.com, "It’s a man’s world — even in the myths," 20 Apr. 2018 Her family took her to a bhopa, or shaman, who quickly detected witchery. The Economist, "Witch?Witches are still hunted in India—and blinded and beaten and killed," 19 Oct. 2017 Just after the Solar Eclipse, the Sun enters the woodsy witchery of Virgo, the cosmos’ original self-seductress. Bess Matassa, Teen Vogue, "Weekly Horoscopes August Week 4," 19 Aug. 2017 There are all these girls that are into witchery and tarot and crystals. Vanityfair.com, VanityFair.com, "Chloë Sevigny Wants to Direct the Next Harry Potter," 10 Apr. 2017

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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 31 Oct. 2020.

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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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