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witch doctor

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 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Once a snake bit a man and he at once called the witch doctor.

  • They knew him as a witch doctor, and they also knew that he had been educated among whites.

    Shaman Robert Shea
  • Hume affected to make light of the witch–doctor and his threats.

    The Message Louis Tracy
  • Every village has the witch doctor who is learned in the ways of these evil spirits.

    Changing China William Gascoyne-Cecil
  • Even a witch doctor does not play the fool without some motive.

    A Frontier Mystery Bertram Mitford
  • That suggestion of his as to employing the witch doctor was destined to stick.

    A Frontier Mystery Bertram Mitford
  • Ukozi is a clever specimen of a witch doctor but not a malevolent one.

    A Frontier Mystery Bertram Mitford
  • He says the witch doctor promised to let him into all sorts of things.

    A Frontier Mystery Bertram Mitford
British Dictionary definitions for witch doctor

witch doctor

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
a person who seeks out or hunts witches in some African tribal cultures
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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