noun, plural voo·doos.
verb (used with object), voo·dooed, voo·doo·ing.
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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.
Another declared she was a voodoo princess performing chants to make sure I got breast cancer.The Story Behind the Latest Michael Jackson Bombshell|Diane Dimond|July 1, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Im sure I shall never wish to see a voodoo service after hearing you speak of government and politics, laughed Polly.Polly's Southern Cruise|Lillian Elizabeth Roy
And she told of a neighbor who had lost a child at the hands of the voodoo worshipers less than two months gone.The Voodoo Gold Trail|Walter Walden
There is much about Voodoo and other things that puzzles me; but this I know.Wyndham's Pal|Harold Bindloss
He was perpetually raving over the Finnish, the Voodoo, the Hindu.Ivory Apes and Peacocks|James Huneker
His first act was to bore a hole with an auger in the cedar, insert the voodoo charm and plug the hole firmly.Sons and Fathers|Harry Stillwell Edwards
noun plural -doos
verb -doos, -dooing or -dooed
Word Origin 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.
A form of animism (see also animism) involving trances and other rituals. Communication with the dead is a principal feature of voodoo. It is most common in the nations of the Caribbean Sea, especially Haiti, where people sometimes mingle voodoo and Christian practices.