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black magic

noun
1.
magic used for evil purposes; witchcraft; sorcery (contrasted with white magic).
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  • I listened as if to a tale of black magic at work upon a corpse.

    Lord Jim Joseph Conrad
  • 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
  • The miraculous power they seemed to possess worked "black magic."

    The Book of Hallowe'en Ruth Edna Kelley
  • I was cast forth from my order because of my delving in black magic.

    The Hour of the Dragon Robert E. Howard
  • This is probably another form of ritual akin to black magic.

    Human Animals Frank Hamel
  • "This is not white but black magic," said E. Van Tenner, appalled.

    The Beggar's Purse Samuel Hopkins Adams
  • But here the accusation of "black magic" comes in to turn the scales.

    Legends August Strindberg
British Dictionary definitions for black magic

black magic

noun
1.
magic used for evil purposes by invoking the power of the devil
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