witch·ery | \ˈwi-chə-rē, 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

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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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witch·ery | \ˈwi-chə-rē \
plural witcheries

Kids Definition of witchery

2 : power to charm or fascinate

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