witch·​ery ˈwi-chə-rē How to pronounce witchery (audio)
plural witcheries
: the practice of witchcraft : sorcery
: an act of witchcraft
: 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
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Word History

First Known Use

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 30 May. 2024.

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witch·​ery ˈwich-(ə-)rē How to pronounce witchery (audio)
plural witcheries
: a power to charm or fascinate

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