noun, plural sor·cer·ies.
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Words nearby sorcery
What does sorcery mean?
The word sorcery often (though not always) refers to so-called black magic—magic used for evil purposes.
A person who can perform sorcery is called a sorcerer (which can be used for any gender, but typically refers to a man) or a sorceress (which refers to a woman). Sorcerer and sorceress are often used to refer to evil characters in works of fiction, especially in the “sword and sorcery” fantasy genre. In contrast, similar words like wizard and magician usually imply that such figures use their powers for good. If not, you’d usually call them an evil wizard or evil magician.
Apart from whether or not it’s used for good or evil, the words sorcery implies great power—and often great skill and command of such power.
For this reason, the word sorcery is sometimes used in a figurative way to refer to great skill in something, as if it’s a magical ability, as in Chris’s skill in coding is straight-up sorcery. The word wizardry is used (even more commonly) in the same way. A person who’s skilled in this way can be called a wizard, a sorcerer, or a sorceress.
Example: I fear that some evil sorcery has enchanted this land.
Where does sorcery come from?
The first records of the word sorcery come from the 1200s. It ultimately comes from the Latin sortiārius, meaning “person who casts lots” (referring to a person who tells fortunes).
Fictionally speaking, sorcery is a magic (the kind with supernatural power, not the kind with card tricks). Sorcerers are often villains in the stories where they appear, but this is not always the case. Sorcery only sometimes implies evil, but it always implies great magical power and skill. The figurative use of the word usually doesn’t imply evil. When you call someone’s cooking sorcery, it’s a compliment meaning that they make magic in the kitchen with their great skill—not that they use their powers for evil.
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What are some other forms related to sorcery?
- sorceries (plural)
- sorcerer (noun, gender-neutral and male version)
- sorceress (noun, female version)
- sorcerous (adjective)
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How is sorcery used in real life?
The word sorcery is most commonly used in the context of fantasy, but it’s also used in a figurative way.
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True or False?
Sorcery is always evil.
Example sentences from the Web for sorcery
Saudi Arabia has recently beheaded women for “sorcery” but has avoided apostasy trials involving its few Christian converts.In Sudan a Pregnant Woman May Be Hanged for Marrying a Christian|Nina Shea|May 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
For foreign household workers in Saudi Arabia, most of them women, sorcery charges are more common than you might think.
Saudi citizens, too, have been arraigned, and executed, for sorcery.
I still felt under the influence of the sorcery that had been practiced upon me.The Brass Bell|Eugne Sue
There are no lifeless spots in his works; every whim of his takes shape, as if by sorcery, in splendid figures.The History of Modern Painting, Volume 3 (of 4)|Richard Muther
In the year 1728 a witch-finder discovered that a stout tall woman, suspected of sorcery, did not weigh more than four ounces.The Mysteries of All Nations|James Grant
At what date the higher cult of sorcery or magic became the drivel known as witchcraft is uncertain.The Devil in Britain and America|John Ashton
In this late autumnal time there was no view of the Thames gleaming beneath the sorcery of a summer night.Sinister Street, vol. 1|Compton Mackenzie