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medicine man

noun
1.
(among North American Indians and some other aboriginal peoples) a person believed to possess magical or supernatural powers; shaman.
2.
a seller of patent medicine, especially before 1900, presenting a medicine show to attract customers.
Origin of medicine man
1795-1805
First recorded in 1795-1805
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  • As the medicine man I am known to have extra power and magic in visions.

    The Hohokam Dig Theodore Pratt
  • He pretended that he thought the medicine man had come to trade.

    The Fiery Totem Argyll Saxby
  • This freak of figure and dress was Thunder-maker, the great medicine man of the tribe.

    The Fiery Totem Argyll Saxby
  • The medicine man of a tribe is different from others of his race.

    The Fiery Totem Argyll Saxby
  • "Then it may be as the pale-face wish," resumed the medicine man.

    The Fiery Totem Argyll Saxby
  • Holden stepped forward and shook the medicine man roughly by the shoulder.

    The Fiery Totem Argyll Saxby
  • The medicine man did not waste any time in needless palaver.

    The Fiery Totem Argyll Saxby
  • In the igloo of the shaman, or medicine man, however, it was different.

    The Trail of a Sourdough May Kellogg Sullivan
British Dictionary definitions for medicine man

medicine man

noun
1.
(among certain peoples, esp North American Indians) a person believed to have supernatural powers of healing; a magician or sorcerer
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