- Also vodun. a polytheistic religion practiced chiefly by West Indians, deriving principally from African cult worship and containing elements borrowed from the Catholic religion.
- a person who practices this religion.
- a fetish or other object of voodoo worship.
- a group of magical and ecstatic rites associated with voodoo.
- (not in technical use) black magic; sorcery.
- of, pertaining to, associated with, or practicing voodoo.
- Informal. characterized by deceptively simple, almost as if magical, solutions or ideas: voodoo economics.
- to affect by voodoo sorcery.
Origin of voodoo
Examples from the Web for voodoo
Voodoo is the official religion of Haiti and was brought into the West Indies nation by African slaves.
In Voodoo, the demarcation between life and death is more fluid; helping Voodoo followers create order out of disorder.
In the background, outside, is Papa Legba, who is a Loa, the word for a Voodoo deity.
There are whispers of a history of voodoo ceremonies and mysterious orbs of light appearing in photos.The Sacrificial Limbs of New Orleans
March 12, 2014
Another declared she was a voodoo princess performing chants to make sure I got breast cancer.The Story Behind the Latest Michael Jackson Bombshell
July 1, 2013
"'The only form in which Voodoo—'" began Father Brown, reading aloud.The Wisdom of Father Brown
G. K. Chesterton
We didn't have no voodoo women nor conjure folks at our 20 acres.Slave Narratives, Oklahoma
Hyppolite was a Voodoo priest and, it is said, an anthropophagist.Montezuma's Castle and Other Weird Tales
Charles B. Cory
We might have been offered up on the altar of the voodoo worshippers for all you cared!Polly's Southern Cruise
Lillian Elizabeth Roy
Then there was the voodoo priestess, she with the black goat.The Crystal Ball
Roy J. Snell
- Also called: voodooism a religious cult involving witchcraft and communication by trance with ancestors and animistic deities, common in Haiti and other Caribbean islands
- a person who practises voodoo
- a charm, spell, or fetish involved in voodoo worship and ritual
- relating to or associated with voodoo
- (tr) to affect by or as if by the power of voodoo
Word Origin and History for voodoo
religious witchcraft of Haiti and Southern U.S., ultimately of African origin, 1850, from Louisiana French voudou, from a W.African language (e.g. Ewe and Fon vodu "spirit, demon, deity," also Vandoo, supposedly the name of an African deity, from a language of Dahomey). Cf. vodun "fetish connected with snake worship in Dahomey," said to be from vo "to be afraid," or vo "harmful." The verb is attested from 1880.