sorcery

[sawr-suh-ree]
noun, plural sor·cer·ies.
  1. 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

1250–1300; Middle English sorcerie < Medieval Latin sorceria. See sorcerer, -y3

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sorcery

noun plural -ceries
  1. 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
Derived Formssorcerous, adjective

Word Origin for sorcery

C13: from Old French sorcerie, from sorcier sorcerer
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Word Origin and History for sorceries

sorcery

n.

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.)).

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