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witch doctor

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noun
  1. a person in some societies who attempts to cure sickness and to exorcise evil spirits by the use of magic.

Origin of witch doctor

First recorded in 1710–20
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Examples from the Web for witch doctor

Historical Examples

  • Two-thirds of the methods of the shaman, the witch-doctor, the medicine-man, were psychic.

    Preventable Diseases

    Woods Hutchinson

  • Firstly, she, being a Christian, dare not own that she has visited a witch-doctor.

    The Wizard

    H. Rider Haggard

  • For the account of the ravings of a witch-doctor, see Pioneering, vol.

  • “Here is what I promised my father,” he said, addressing the witch-doctor.

  • They would have to saddle up directly, and the witch-doctor had not appeared.


British Dictionary definitions for witch doctor

witch doctor

noun
  1. Also called: shaman, medicine man a man in certain societies, esp preliterate ones, who appears to possess magical powers, used esp to cure sickness but also to harm people
  2. a person who seeks out or hunts witches in some African tribal cultures
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