- the art, practices, or spells of a person who is supposed to exercise supernatural powers through the aid of evil spirits; black magic; witchery.
Origin of sorcery
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Examples from the Web for sorceries
Through the shutters came the smell of lilacs, the sorceries of spring.The Paliser case
Let us see your arts, and the sorceries you are able to perform.Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz
L. Frank Baum
Flesh of my flesh have you been, and soul of my soul, for in the web of sorceries are we knit together.The Wizard
H. Rider Haggard
Noorna, is released from the sorceries that held her, and powerful.'The Shaving of Shagpat, Complete
There are lesser Sorceries which they say, are too frequent in our Land.The Wonders of the Invisible World
- the art, practices, or spells of magic, esp black magic, by which it is sought to harness occult forces or evil spirits in order to produce preternatural effects in the world
Word Origin and History for sorceries
c.1300, from Old French sorcerie, from sorcier "sorcerer, wizard," from Medieval Latin sortiarius "teller of fortunes by lot; sorcerer," literally "one who influences fate or fortune," from Latin sors (genitive sortis) "lot, fate, fortune" (see sort (n.)).