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Definitions for witch
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a female sorcerer or magician
a being (usually female) imagined to have special powers derived from the devil
a believer in Wicca
hag, beldam, beldame, witch, croneverb
an ugly evil-looking old woman
hex, bewitch, glamour, witch, enchant, jinxverb
cast a spell over someone or something; put a hex on someone or something
A Wiccan; an adherent or practitioner of Wicca, a religion which in different forms may be paganistic and nature-oriented, or ditheistic. The term witch applies to both male and female adherents in this sense.
A man who practises witchcraft.
A woman who is learned in and actively practices witchcraft.
An ugly or unpleasant woman.
I hate that old witch.
An Atlantic flatfish, Glyptocephalus cynoglossus; Torbay sole.
To practise witchcraft
'It approaches the witching hour'.
To dowse for water
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: wicce , Saxon.
Wise judges have prescribed, that men may not rashly believe the confessions of witches, nor the evidence against them. For the witches themselves are imaginative; and people are credulous, and ready to impute accidents to witchcraft. Francis Bacon, Nat. Hist.
The night-hag comes to dance
With Lapland witches, while the lab’ring moon
Eclipses at their charms. John Milton.
When I consider whether there are such persons as witches, my mind is divided: I believe in general that there is such a thing as witchcraft, but can give no credit to any particular instance of it. Joseph Addison, Spectator, №. 117.
Leave me those hills where harbrough nis to see;
Nor holy bush, nor briar, nor winding witch. Edmund Spenser.
To bewitch; to enchant.
Etymology: from the noun.
’Tis now the very witching time of night,
When churchyards yawn. William Shakespeare, Hamlet.
Me ill befits, that in der-doing arms,
And honour’s suit my vowed days do spend,
Unto thy bounteous baits, and pleasing charms,
With which weak men thou witchest to attend. Edmund Spenser.
I’ll witch sweet ladies with my words and looks. William Shakespeare.
Sit and witch me? William Shakespeare, Hen. VI.
a cone of paper which is placed in a vessel of lard or other fat, and used as a taper
one who practices the black art, or magic; one regarded as possessing supernatural or magical power by compact with an evil spirit, esp. with the Devil; a sorcerer or sorceress; -- now applied chiefly or only to women, but formerly used of men as well
an ugly old woman; a hag
one who exercises more than common power of attraction; a charming or bewitching person; also, one given to mischief; -- said especially of a woman or child
a certain curve of the third order, described by Maria Agnesi under the name versiera
the stormy petrel
to bewitch; to fascinate; to enchant
Etymology: [OE. wicche, AS. wicce, fem., wicca, masc.; perhaps the same word as AS. wtiga, wtga, a soothsayer (cf. Wiseacre); cf. Fries. wikke, a witch, LG. wikken to predict, Icel. vitki a wizard, vitka to bewitch.]
The Witch flounder or Torbay sole is a right-eyed flatfish found in the North Atlantic. The species lives on soft bottoms between 45 and 1460 m and prefers temperatures of 2–6 °C. It eats mostly crustaceans, worms and brittlestars. It spawns from May to September. It grows to maturity in 3 or 4 years, and may live up to 14 years. The name Torbay sole appears to be a mainly culinary term, following the habit of renaming certain fish to broaden their appeal. It is also called grey flounder, witch flounder as well as other local names. The lefteye flounder Arnoglossus scapha is also known as witch.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
wich, n. a woman regarded as having supernatural or magical power and knowledge through compact with the devil or some minor evil spirit: a hag, crone: (coll.) a fascinating young girl: (Shak.) a wizard.—v.t. to bewitch, to effect by means of witchcraft.—ns. Witch′craft, the craft or practice of witches: the black art, sorcery: supernatural power; Witch′-doc′tor, a medicine-man; Witch′ery, witchcraft: fascination; Witch′es'-broom, a popular name for the broom-like tufts of branches developed on the silver-fir, birch, cherry, &c. by means of an uredineous fungus; Witch′es'-but′ter, a dark-brown fungus (see Nostoc); Witch′es'-thim′ble, the sea-campion; Witch′-find′er, one whose business was to detect witches.—adj. Witch′ing, weird: fascinating.—adv. Witch′ingly.—ns. Witch′-knot, a knot, esp. in the hair, tied by means of witchcraft; Witch′-meal, the inflammable pollen of the club-moss.—adj. Witch′-ridd′en, ridden by witches.—n. Witch′-wife, a woman who practises witchcraft. [M. E. wicche (both masc. and fem.)—A.S. wicca (masc.), wicce (fem.), wizard, witch; prob. reduced from wítega, wítiga, witga, a seer (Old High Ger. wīzago)—a supposed adj. wítig, seeing—wítan, to see, allied to witan, to know. For the change, cf. Orchard—A.S. ortgeard. Cf. Wit and Wicked.]
Witch-elm, wich, wich′-elm, n. the common wild elm—also Witch′-hā′zel.—n. Witch′en, the mountain-ash or rowan. [A.S. wice, the service-tree—wícan, to bend.]
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The numerical value of witch in Chaldean Numerology is: 1
The numerical value of witch in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
Examples of witch in a Sentence
These lists have no legal power, but they do enjoy the very real power to intimidate and incite self-censorship. They have already become an important part of the witch hunt against critics of the government by creating a climate of hostility, fear, and suspicion.
First it was the Russia hoax -- then it was the Mueller witch hunt, weve been going through this from before the election took place. A bunch of bad people, and then, one of the single greatest lies ever told by anybody in this government. ... and now the absolutely crazed lunatics, the Democrats, the radical left, and their media partners standing right back there, are pushing the deranged impeachment witch hunt, for doing nothing wrong. We did nothing wrong -- and theyre doing nothing.
I look forward to holding Democrats accountable for their failure to prosecute crimes and instead engage in illegal political witch-hunts against their political opponents.
I don't think the typical American knows much about the Ukraine or what President Trump was talking about, if this case is ambiguous, it's something that can be tarred as a witch hunt.
They had an image of her as a witch, someone who was subhuman or nonhuman, they were made to hate her, so, now that they're seeing a human being they just don't know what to do. I think The Daphne Project has succeeded in that objective at least, and also because the journalists are taking up her investigations, that feels like a taste of justice.
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- bruixaCatalan, Valencian
- moca, strega, maga, sdreiaCorsican
- dewines, gwrachWelsh
- Hexe, HexerGerman
- sorgin, belagileBasque
- akka, noita, ämmäFinnish
- sorcière, harpieFrench
- tsjoendsterWestern Frisian
- buidseach, bana-bhuidseach, ban-draoidhScottish Gaelic
- વિચ, ચૂડેલGujarati
- buitçh, caillagh, ben obbeeManx
- sòsyèHaitian Creole
- boszorkány, boszorkaHungarian
- վհուկ, կախարդArmenian
- strega, fattucchieraItalian
- 魔女, 鬼女Japanese
- გრძნეული, ჯადოქარი, კუდიანიGeorgian
- ಮಾಂತ್ರಿಕ ಸ್ತ್ರೀ, ಮಾಟಗಾತಿ, ಮಾಯಗಾತಿKannada
- 巫堂, 무당Korean
- venefica, saga, maga, malefica, fascinans, fascinatrix, striga, pythonissa, pythonissamLatin
- HexLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
- heksLimburgish, Limburgan, Limburger
- ве́штерка, вештеркаMacedonian
- kol, tovenaar, heksDutch
- heksNorwegian Nynorsk
- bruèissa, fachilhièra, mascaOccitan
- czarownica, wiedźmaPolish
- bruxa, bruxoPortuguese
- stria, streiaRomansh
- vrăjitor, vrăjitoareRomanian
- ве́дьма, колду́нья, волше́бница, чароде́йка, карга́, ведьмаRussian
- вештица, veštac, вештац, vešticaSerbo-Croatian
- čarodejnica, striga, bosorkaSlovak
- coprnca, čarovnicaSlovene
- shtrigë, magjistareAlbanian
- trollkvinna, trollkarl, häxa, trollpackaSwedish
- சூனியக்காரி, விரிச்சிகன், சூனியTamil
- phù thủyVietnamese
- magivan, himagivan, jimagivanVolapük
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