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sorcery

[sawr-suh-ree]
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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

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enchantment. See magic.
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Examples from the Web for sorcery

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  • Sorcery reads backwards—and I saw him so read from that scroll of his.

    The Armourer's Prentices

    Charlotte M. Yonge

  • Witchcraft and sorcery he called it, and in Zuñi to be accused of witchcraft is death.

    The Trail Book

    Mary Austin

  • But they, deaf alike to the song and the sorcery, rowed harder than ever.

    Old Greek Folk Stories Told Anew

    Josephine Preston Peabody

  • He had acquired the art of sorcery through the cultivation of magic.

  • The history of psychiatry and sorcery proves that we are not exaggerating.


British Dictionary definitions for sorcery

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
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Derived Formssorcerous, adjective

Word Origin

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