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ˈwɪtʃˌkræft, -ˌkrɑftwitch·craft

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. witchcraft, witcherynoun

    the art of sorcery


  1. witchcraftnoun

    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.


  1. witchcraftnoun

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

  2. Etymology: From wiccecræft, compound of wicce and cræft.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Witchcraftnoun

    The practices of witches.

    Etymology: witch and craft.

    Urania name, whose force he knew so well,
    He quickly knew what witchcraft gave the blow. Philip Sidney.

    If you cannot
    Bar his access to the king, never attempt
    Any thing on him, for he hath a witchcraft
    Over the king in’s tongue. William Shakespeare, Hen. VIII.

    People are credulous, and ready to impute accidents and natural operations to witchcraft. Francis Bacon, Nat. Hist.

    What subtile witchcraft man constrains,
    To change his pleasure into pains. John Denham.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Witchcraftnoun

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

  2. Witchcraftnoun

    power more than natural; irresistible influence

  3. 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. Heather Lydia Thornhill:

    At Pre cognicent and intuitive witchcraft there is a state beyond love and hate or light and dark or measure of any kind or language/ description of any kind not even future. It is a still, non moving, non acknowledging, non needing, catatonic existence, a sort of damned place but also enlightened calm state of self.

  2. 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.

  3. Heather Lydia Thornhill:

    Pre Origin is a state beyond conscious awareness and unconscious non moving existence (specific to dimension), a state of pre cognicence that might never have became cognicent or conscious. A place with no intuition. A place or being pre God or divine awareness. Beyond that is pre container of origin I.e. pre witchcraft.

  4. 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?

  5. Gabonese Dorothee Adjakidjie:

    In our African culture there are taboos ... we say 'this child is cursed', we will say there is witchcraft, that this child is irrecoverable, when you live ... without knowing if you are he or she, when you have to constantly justify who you are, its not easy.

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