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black magic

magic used for evil purposes; witchcraft; sorcery (contrasted with white magic). Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • There is, in fact, in the matter of inebriety, white magic and black magic; wine is only white magic.

    Les Misrables Victor Hugo
  • Well, you don't believe in black magic; and if you did, you couldn't use it for copy.

    The Wisdom of Father Brown G. K. Chesterton
  • His other loves were like horrible creations of black magic, bodies with no soul, when he looked back on them.

    To Leeward F. Marion Crawford
  • The miraculous power they seemed to possess worked "black magic."

    The Book of Hallowe'en Ruth Edna Kelley
  • "black magic" with its Satanic machinery vanished, only reappearing occasionally among marvel-mongers and belated theologians.

  • I was cast forth from my order because of my delving in black magic.

    The Hour of the Dragon Robert E. Howard
  • I listened as if to a tale of black magic at work upon a corpse.

    Lord Jim Joseph Conrad
British Dictionary definitions for black magic

black magic

magic used for evil purposes by invoking the power of the devil
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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black magic in Technology

(Or "FM") A technique that works, though nobody really understands why. More obscure than voodoo programming, which may be done by cookbook.
Compare black art, deep magic, and magic number.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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