Definitions for voodooˈvu du

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

voo•dooˈvu du(n.)

  1. a polytheistic religion practiced chiefly by West Indians, deriving principally from African cult worship and containing elements borrowed from the Catholic religion.

    Category: Religion

  2. a person who practices this religion.

  3. a fetish or other object of voodoo worship.

  4. black magic; sorcery.

  5. (adj.)of, associated with, or practicing voodoo.

  6. deceptively simple:

    voodoo economics.

    Category: Informal

  7. (v.t.)to affect by voodoo sorcery.

Origin of voodoo:

1810–20, Amer.; < LaF, earlier vandoux, vandoo

Princeton's WordNet

  1. juju, voodoo, hoodoo, fetish, fetich(noun)

    a charm superstitiously believed to embody magical powers

  2. voodoo(noun)

    (Haiti) followers of a religion that involves witchcraft and animistic deities

  3. voodoo, vodoun, voodooism, hoodooism(verb)

    a religious cult practiced chiefly in Caribbean countries (especially Haiti); involves witchcraft and animistic deities

  4. voodoo(verb)

    bewitch by or as if by a voodoo

Wiktionary

  1. voodoo(Noun)

    A religion of the Ewe/Fon of West Africa, practiced chiefly in Benin.

  2. voodoo(Noun)

    Any of a group of related religious practices found chiefly in and around the Caribbean, particularly in Haiti and Louisiana.

  3. voodoo(Noun)

    Any sort of magical or irrational approach to a problem.

    I want a real explanation, not this statistical voodoo.

  4. voodoo(Verb)

    To enchant someone or something using voodoo

    He claimed his neighbor had voodooed him.

  5. Origin: From vodu, vodun via Vodou

Webster Dictionary

  1. Voodoo(noun)

    see Voodooism

  2. Voodoo(noun)

    one who practices voodooism; a negro sorcerer

  3. Voodoo(adj)

    of or pertaining to voodooism, or a voodoo; as, voodoo incantations

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Voodoo

    name given to a system of magic and superstitious rites prevalent among certain negro races.

Freebase

  1. Haitian Vodou

    Haitian Vodou is a syncretic religion practiced chiefly in Haiti and the Haitian diaspora. Practitioners are called "vodouists" or "servants of the spirits". Vodouists believe in a distant and unknowable creator god, Bondye. As Bondye does not intercede in human affairs, vodouists direct their worship toward spirits subservient to Bondye, called loa. Every loa is responsible for a particular aspect of life, with the dynamic and changing personalities of each loa reflecting the many possibilities inherent to the aspects of life over which they preside. In order to navigate daily life, vodouists cultivate personal relationships with the loa through the presentation of offerings, the creation of personal altars and devotional objects, and participation in elaborate ceremonies of music, dance, and spirit possession. Vodou originated in the French slave colony of Haiti in the 18th century, when African religious practice was actively suppressed, and enslaved Africans were forced to convert to Christianity. Religious practices of contemporary Vodou are descended from, and closely related to, West African Vodun as practiced by the Fon and Ewe.


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

voodoo(noun)

a type of witchcraft originally practised by certain Negro races in the West Indies.

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