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[wich-kraft, -krahft] /ˈwɪtʃˌkræft, -ˌkrɑft/
the art or practices of a witch; sorcery; magic.
magical influence; witchery.
Origin of witchcraft
before 950; Middle English wicchecraft, Old English wiccecræft. See witch, craft
1. See magic. Unabridged
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  • witchcraft and sorcery he called it, and in Zuñi to be accused of witchcraft is death.

    The Trail Book Mary Austin
  • 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 Samuel Smiles
  • Now, I do verily believe there is witchcraft in the tender passion.

    Gomez Arias Joaqun Telesforo de Trueba y Coso
British Dictionary definitions for witchcraft


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

Old English wiccecræft, from wicce (see witch) + cræft "power, skill" (see craft). Witchcraft was declared a crime in English law in 1542; trials there peaked in 1580s and 1640s but fell sharply after 1660. The last, in 1717, ended in acquittal. The Witchcraft Act was repealed 1736.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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witchcraft in Culture

witchcraft definition

Popularly believed to be the practice of black magic. Witches are known today as followers of Wicca, a pagan nature religion with roots in pre-Christian western Europe. Wicca is now undergoing a revival, especially in the United States and Great Britain.

Note: Old misunderstandings and hysterical accusations have led to persecution of “witches,” most famously in the Salem witch trials of 1692.
The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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