witch doctor


noun

a person in some societies who attempts to cure sickness and to exorcise evil spirits by the use of magic.

Origin of witch doctor

First recorded in 1710–20
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witch doctor

noun

Also called: shaman, medicine man a man in certain societies, esp preliterate ones, who appears to possess magical powers, used esp to cure sickness but also to harm people
a person who seeks out or hunts witches in some African tribal cultures
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