- the art or practices of a witch; sorcery; magic.
- magical influence; witchery.
Origin of witchcraft
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1. See magic.
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Examples from the Web for witchcraft
An accusation of witchcraft is vague enough to serve as a kind of catchall for discontent.
Indonesian guest workers are on trial in Saudi Arabia for “witchcraft.”
Katrina, who was hung for witchcraft, is trapped in a woodland inferno between the two worlds.‘Sleepy Hollow’ Is TV’s Craziest, Most Over-the-Top New Show ... And You Should Watch It
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Of course those old Bill Maher appearances and the talk of witchcraft helped a bit, too.The Mama Grizzly Scorecard
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You might be hunted down and beaten, or accused of witchcraft.The Shocking Indignities Widows Face
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Witchcraft and sorcery he called it, and in Zuñi to be accused of witchcraft is death.The Trail Book
At first the Hurons believed the Delaware had been thus deformed by witchcraft.The Last of the Mohicans
James Fenimore Cooper
They were obliged to say, that these miracles were wrought by witchcraft and the devil.
He waged war against astrology, alchemy, witchcraft, and like impostures.Self-Help
Now, I do verily believe there is witchcraft in the tender passion.Gomez Arias
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- the art or power of bringing magical or preternatural power to bear or the act or practice of attempting to do so
- the influence of magic or sorcery
- fascinating or bewitching influence or charm
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Word Origin and History for witchcraft
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Old misunderstandings and hysterical accusations have led to persecution of “witches,” most famously in the Salem witch trials of 1692.
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