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ˈwɪtʃˌkræft, -ˌkrɑftwitchcraft

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. witchcraft, witchery(noun)

    the art of sorcery


  1. witchcraft(n.)

    Adherence to or the practice of Wicca. In this sense the term does not necessarily include attempts at practice of magic, other than by prayers to the deities.

    Etymology: [AS. wiccecrft.]


  1. witchcraft(Noun)

    The practice of witches; magic, sorcery or the use supernatural powers to influence or predict events.

    Etymology: From wiccecræft, compound of wicce and cræft.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Witchcraft(noun)

    the practices or art of witches; sorcery; enchantments; intercourse with evil spirits

    Etymology: [AS. wiccecrft.]

  2. Witchcraft(noun)

    power more than natural; irresistible influence

    Etymology: [AS. wiccecrft.]


  1. Witchcraft

    Witchcraft is the use of magical faculties, most commonly for religious, divinatory or medicinal purposes. This may take many forms depending on cultural context. The belief in and the practise of magic has been present since the earliest human cultures and continues to have an important religious and medicinal role in many cultures today. "Magic is central not only in 'primitive' societies but in 'high cultural' societies as well..." The concept of witchcraft as harmful is often treated as a cultural ideology providing a scapegoat for human misfortune. This was particularily the case in Early Modern Europe where witchcraft came to be seen as part of a vast diabolical conspiracy of individuals in league with the Devil undermining Christianity, eventually leading to large-scale witch-hunts, especially in Protestant Europe. Witch hunts continue to this day with tragic consequences. Since the mid-20th century Witchcraft has become the designation of a branch of contemporary Paganism, it is most notably practised in the Wiccan traditions, some of whom claim to practice a revival of pre-Abrahamic spirituality.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Witchcraft

    An act of employing sorcery (the use of power gained from the assistance or control of spirits), especially with malevolent intent, and the exercise of supernatural powers and alleged intercourse with the devil or a familiar. (From Webster, 3d ed)

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of witchcraft in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of witchcraft in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of witchcraft in a Sentence

  1. Mohamed Mansaray:

    People were attributing the deaths to witchcraft, that's why people died.

  2. Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan:

    There are different factions of (witchcraft). While it doesn't bother me to release that particular thing, I most assuredly do not want to defame or demean any particular practice.

  3. Rashid Mauwa:

    I am not engaging in any witchcraft. I am only using traditional herbs to help people who do not respond to conventional medicines. Why am I being punished?

  4. Faustine Ndugulile:

    So far, we have found 10 bodies, and most of their private parts and teeth had been removed, these murders are linked to witchcraft practices because that is the trend for such crimes, where herbalists ask people to get these human parts for money rituals.

  5. Pat Robertson, The World Almanac and Book of Facts, 1993:

    It is about a socialist, anti-family political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians.

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