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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • sorcery reads backwards—and I saw him so read from that scroll of his.

    The Armourer's Prentices Charlotte M. Yonge
  • Witchcraft and sorcery he called it, and in Zuñi to be accused of witchcraft is death.

    The Trail Book Mary Austin
  • But they, deaf alike to the song and the sorcery, rowed harder than ever.

    Old Greek Folk Stories Told Anew Josephine Preston Peabody
  • He had acquired the art of sorcery through the cultivation of magic.

  • The history of psychiatry and sorcery proves that we are not exaggerating.

    The Sexual Question August Forel
  • It is not as the consequence of a poison-speck in her own heart that she has recourse to sorcery.

  • In all kinds of writers we may remark an infinity of stories of magic, spells and sorcery.

    The Phantom World Augustin Calmet
British Dictionary definitions for sorcery


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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for sorcery

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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