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[sawr-suh-ree] /ˈsɔr sə ri/
noun, plural sorceries.
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
1250-1300; Middle English sorcerie < Medieval Latin sorceria. See sorcerer, -y3
enchantment. See magic. Unabridged
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  • Through the shutters came the smell of lilacs, the sorceries of spring.

    The Paliser case Edgar Saltus
  • Let us see your arts, and the sorceries you are able to perform.

  • 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.'

  • There are lesser sorceries which they say, are too frequent in our Land.

  • Yet let no one mourn for Egypt: she is but paying the price of her sorceries and superstitions.

    Letters of George Borrow George Borrow
  • God do so to me, and more also, if she and her sorceries be on earth a twelvemonth hence!'

    Hypatia Charles Kingsley
  • And they gave heed to him, because for a long time he had amazed them with his sorceries.

    The Bible Story Rev. Newton Marshall Hall
  • Third: That by their sorceries they sought responses and oracles from demons.

    Witch, Warlock, and Magician William Henry Davenport Adams
  • And he so astonished the Romans with his sorceries that he was honoured with a brazen pillar.

    Simon Magus George Robert Stow Mead
British Dictionary definitions for sorceries


noun (pl) -ceries
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
Derived Forms
sorcerous, adjective
Word Origin
C13: from Old French sorcerie, from sorciersorcerer
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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.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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