What does black magic mean?

Definitions for black magic

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word black magic.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. sorcery, black magic, black art, necromancy(noun)

    the belief in magical spells that harness occult forces or evil spirits to produce unnatural effects in the world


  1. black magic(Noun)

    Magic derived from evil forces, as distinct from good or benign forces; or magic performed with the intention of doing harm.


  1. Black magic

    Black magic has traditionally referred to the use of supernatural powers for evil and selfish purposes. In modern times, some find that the definition of "black magic" has been convoluted by people who define practices that they disapprove of as "black magic".

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. black magic

    [common] A technique that works, though nobody really understands why. More obscure than voodoo programming, which may be done by cookbook. Compare also black art, deep magic, and magic number (sense 2).

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of black magic in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of black magic in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. William S. Burroughs:

    Black magic operates most effectively in preconscious, marginal areas. Casual curses are the most effective.

  2. Veryan Khan:

    The practicing of anything that is not approved by Islamic State under their very strict interpretation of Islam is ‘Haram’ or forbidden, if the Islamic State thinks that sorcery is real, then black magic would be a threat to them and seen as a danger.

  3. William S. Burroughs:

    Writing prejudicial, off-putting reviews is a precise exercise in applied black magic. The reviewer can draw free-floating disagreeable associations to a book by implying that the book is completely unimportant without saying exactly why, and carefully avoiding any clear images that could capture the reader's full attention.

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