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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.
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Origin of sorcery

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

Synonyms for sorcery

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Historical Examples of sorceries

  • Through the shutters came the smell of lilacs, the sorceries of spring.

    The Paliser case

    Edgar Saltus

  • Let us see your arts, and the sorceries you are able to perform.

  • Flesh of my flesh have you been, and soul of my soul, for in the web of sorceries are we knit together.

    The Wizard

    H. Rider Haggard

  • Noorna, is released from the sorceries that held her, and powerful.'

  • There are lesser Sorceries which they say, are too frequent in our Land.

British Dictionary definitions for sorceries


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
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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



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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