voodoo

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v voodoo bewitch by or as if by a voodoo
    • n voodoo a charm superstitiously believed to embody magical powers
    • n voodoo a religious cult practiced chiefly in Caribbean countries (especially Haiti); involves witchcraft and animistic deities
    • n voodoo (Haiti) followers of a religion that involves witchcraft and animistic deities
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Voodoo Of or pertaining to voodooism, or a voodoo; as, voodoo incantations.
    • Voodoo One who practices voodooism; a negro sorcerer.
    • Voodoo See Voodooism.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n voodoo A common name among creoles and in many of the southern United States for any practicer of malicious, defensive, amatory, healing, or soothsaying enchantments, charms, witchcrafts, or secret rites, especially when they are tinctured with African superstitions and customs; especially, one who makes such practices a business.
    • n voodoo The same title transferred by voodoos to a personal evil spirit supreme among evil powers.
    • n voodoo plural The practicers of voodoo rites as a collective body.
    • voodoo Pertaining to or associated with the superstitions and peculiar practices of the voodoos: as, a voodoo dance (a violent indecent dance belonging to the secret nocturnal ceremonies of the voodoos); a voodoo doctor, or voodoo priest (the terms most commonly used in creole countries for any professional voodoo); voodoo king or queen (the person who, by a certain vague election and tenure, holds for life a local preëminence and some slight, authority over all voodoos of the surrounding country).
    • voodoo To affect by voodoo conjuration or charms.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Voodoo vōō-dōō the name given in the southern United States to any practiser of witchcraft, or of any charm, incantation, &c., especially when tinctured with African rites or superstitions: the supreme evil spirit of the voodoos
    • adj Voodoo pertaining to the rites or practices of the voodoo
    • v.t Voodoo to affect by voodoo charms
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Usage

In literature:

Send $500.00 for my new book, Better Living With Jesus Through Voodoo.
"Take Me for a Ride" by Mark E. Laxer
At the furrows five that rib the glade, And the voodoo work of the master's spade.
"Young Adventure" by Stephen Vincent Benet
The voodoos and medicine men and the devil-devil doctors were the fathers of metaphysics.
"John Barleycorn" by Jack London
It was like mesmerism, or the voodoo curse that the negroes talk of.
"Frances Waldeaux" by Rebecca Harding Davis
He became a user of Voodoo, which seems to be a service of the utmost baseness and cruelty.
"The Lair of the White Worm" by Bram Stoker
The assistant was lazily relating tales of voodoos, a glimmer of mischief in his eyes.
"The Mystery" by Stewart Edward White and Samuel Hopkins Adams
Is he been one Voodoo?
"American Adventures" by Julian Street
The negroes were as wild as at a camp meeting or a voodoo dance.
"Crittenden" by John Fox, Jr.
I reckon she'd have called herself a clairvoyant nowadays, but then she was just a voodoo woman.
"The Wit and Humor of America, Volume V. (of X.)" by Various
I reckon she'd have called herself a clairvoyant nowadays, but then she was just a voodoo woman.
"Letters from a Self-Made Merchant to His Son" by George Horace Lorimer
He was a Voodoo, and a man of marvellous strange mind.
"Memoirs" by Charles Godfrey Leland
For the novelty of the thing, John Hanks claimed to have taken young Lincoln to a "voodoo" negress.
"The Story of Young Abraham Lincoln" by Wayne Whipple
It is only those who believe in, and fear, the power of the Voodoos that are so affected.
"Genuine Mediumship or The Invisible Powers" by Bhakta Vishita
Hyppolite was a Voodoo priest and, it is said, an anthropophagist.
"Montezuma's Castle and Other Weird Tales" by Charles B. Cory
We aimed for the home of the voodoo.
"The Voodoo Gold Trail" by Walter Walden
Walker and I were merely surprised, but the blacks were badly scared and queer Voodoo tales began to get about amongst them.
"The Dealings of Captain Sharkey" by A. Conan Doyle
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" by Harry Stillwell Edwards
The orgies have become camp-meetings; the Voodoo-dance is consecrated as the "Jerusalem jump".
"Myth, Ritual And Religion, Vol. 2 (of 2)" by Andrew Lang
THE AMERICAN NEGRO VOODOO.
"Fetichism in West Africa" by Robert Hamill Nassau
There is much about Voodoo and other things that puzzles me; but this I know.
"Wyndham's Pal" by Harold Bindloss
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In news:

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy sounding all too familiar.
Friday night's game: Orlando Predators at New Orleans VooDoo.
VooDoo 2012 Schedule & Results.
The VooDoo has stumbled lately however owning the first place tie-breaker with the Orlando Predators for the National Southern Division.
If you want to grow something unusual, consider planting bulbs of voodoo lily or konjac.
Raffle drawings will be held at 7 pm, and the Blue Voodoo Band will perform at 8 pm All proceeds will be used to help offset Sue 's mounting medical bills.
New Orleans VooDoo Athlete of the Week.
That's what Jesuit's Tanner Lee did and he's our VooDoo Athlete of the Week.
Royal Teeth was right at home at Voodoo Fest, even if it didn't sound like it.
Four decades before The Walking Dead revolutionized flesh eaters for the small screen, "undead" auteur George A Romero's 1968 post-life romp redefined the voodoo folklore concept of zombies with far scarier, SciFi-derived origins.
Voodoo still rocks the Avondale triangle featuring the same dark sensibilities that made it a favorite long ago.
Metallica to Fill in for Green Day at Voodoo Fest.
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy brings swing back to mainstream music.
Louisiana Rep Pearson calls for anti-synthetic drug bill after Voodoo Fest death.
New Orleans is proud to call itself the home of the Voodoo Experience.
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In science:

The Copenhagen interpretation is often hailed as the greatest revolution in physics, since it rules out the general applicability of the concept of ob jective physical reality. I am instead inclined to regard it as a kind of “quantum voodoo”: irrationalism in place of dynamics.
Decoherence: Basic Concepts and Their Interpretation
It influences also the voodoo science: attempts to prove Bell’s Theorem wrong appear with surprising regularity, and put the old tasks of building the perpetuum mobile, or demolishing of special relativity, down in the list of priorities.
On the Paradoxical Book of Bell
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