- 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 sorcery
Saudi Arabia has recently beheaded women for “sorcery” but has avoided apostasy trials involving its few Christian converts.In Sudan a Pregnant Woman May Be Hanged for Marrying a Christian
May 17, 2014
For foreign household workers in Saudi Arabia, most of them women, sorcery charges are more common than you might think.
Saudi citizens, too, have been arraigned, and executed, for sorcery.
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
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 Chinese Fairy Book
The history of psychiatry and sorcery proves that we are not exaggerating.The Sexual Question
- 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 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.)).