witchcraft

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n witchcraft the art of sorcery
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Witchcraft means "Craft of the Wise Ones."
    • witchcraft Adherence to or the practice of Wicca. In this sense the term does not necessarily include attempts at practice of magic, other than by prayers to the deities.
    • witchcraft Power more than natural; irresistible influence. "He hath a witchcraft Over the king in 's tongue."
    • witchcraft Sorcery; enchantments; intercourse with evil spirits.
    • witchcraft The practices or art of witches.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Witchcraft was first legalized in the colony of Pennsylvania.
    • n witchcraft The practices of witches; sorcery; a supernatural power which persons were formerly supposed to obtain by entering into compact with the devil. The belief in witchcraft was common in Europe till the sixteenth century, and maintained its ground with tolerable firmness till the middle of the seventeenth century; indeed it is not altogether extinct even at the present day. Numbers of reputed witches were formerly condemned to be burned. One conspicuous outbreak of popular excitement over supposed demoniacal manifestations took place about 1692 in New England, especially in and near Salem.
    • n witchcraft Extraordinary power; irresistible influence; fascination; witchery.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Witchcraft the craft or practice of witches: the black art, sorcery: supernatural power
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Quotations

  • Rachel Carson
    Rachel Carson
    “No witchcraft, no enemy action had silenced the rebirth of new life in this stricken world. The people had done it themselves.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. wiccecræft,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. wicche (both masc. and fem.)—A.S. wicca (masc.), wicce (fem.), wizard, witch; prob. reduced from wítega, wítiga, witga, a seer (Old High Ger. wīzago)—a supposed adj. wítig, seeing—wítan, to see, allied to witan, to know. For the change, cf. Orchard—A.S. ortgeard. Cf. Wit and Wicked.

Usage

In literature:

He delivered to the children he had by Keturah a secret name, with which they learned to practice witchcraft and do the works of the devil.
"Hebraic Literature; Translations from the Talmud, Midrashim and Kabbala" by Various
Was it all good and true, or a heresy and a witchcraft?
"Uncle Silas" by J. S. LeFanu
The other was the Salem Witchcraft proceedings.
"Woman's Life in Colonial Days" by Carl Holliday
I charged him with the terrible crime of witchcraft, and he was found guilty.
"The Lancashire Witches" by William Harrison Ainsworth
The effects produced by this power did not, however, differ much from those produced by witchcraft.
"Folk Lore" by James Napier
As in cases of witchcraft, the first accusation was founded upon gossip and delation.
"Renaissance in Italy, Volumes 1 and 2" by John Addington Symonds
Falling under the same general category of sin, though distinct from the violation of taboo, is witchcraft.
"Anthropology" by Robert Marett
Answer me, wherein was the witchcraft of that, saving the witchery natural to all fair women?
"The Black Douglas" by S. R. Crockett
Think you 'tis witchcraft, Nancy?
"Giles Corey, Yeoman" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
Would you have me put faith in witchcraft?
"Patriotic Plays and Pageants for Young People" by Constance D'Arcy Mackay
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In poetry:

What in your tresses never yet
Breathed Helen, and outstrips
Just Cleopatra's witchcraft glance,
Just Rosamond's shy lips;
"Immortal Eve - II" by Manmohan Ghose
And the fiend will fetch me now in fire
My witchcrafts to atone,
And I who have rifled the dead man's grave
Shall never have rest in my own.
"A Ballad, Shewing How An Old Woman Rode Double, And Who Rode Before Her" by Robert Southey
And yet when they their witchcrafts trye,
They only make me wish to dye:
But ere my faith in love they change,
In horrid darknesse will I range.
"57" by Mary Wroth
She charmed him with the white witchcraft,
She charmed him with the black,
But he turned his fair young face to the wall,
Till she heard his heart-strings crack.
"The Priest's Heart" by Charles Kingsley
He scoffed at witchcraft; the priest he met
As man meets man; his feet he set
Beyond his dark age, standing upright,
Soul-free, with his face to the morning light.
"How The Women Went From Dover" by John Greenleaf Whittier
LORENZO.
A word, a glance! Why, the whole frozen statue
Warmed into life. Surely it was not you.
You must have bribed some angel with false prayers
To wear your semblance--nay, no angel served,
But devilish witchcraft--
"The Spagnoletto. Act II" by Emma Lazarus

In news:

In which country is the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry located.
Bush Officials Refused Award to J.K. Rowling Because of "Witchcraft" Writing, Book Claims.
Descendants ask Connecticut to denounce witchcraft executions.
Descendants ask Connecticut to denounce witchcraft executions Southeastern Connecticut News, Sports, Weather and Video The Day newspaper.
(AP) — Gov Dannel P Malloy is being asked to issue a proclamation clearing the names of the 11 people executed for witchcraft in mid-1600s Connecticut.
Gov asked to denounce witchcraft executions.
Descendants ask Connecticut to denounce witchcraft executions.
Descendants ask Connecticut to denounce witchcraft executions Southeastern Connecticut News, Sports, Weather and Video The Day newspaper.
Governor asked to clear those executed for witchcraft.
The descendants of people executed for witchcraft in Connecticut in the mid-1600s want their ancestors cleared.
Psychologists asked people in South Africa to explain the AIDS crisis, and the older they were, the more likely they were to blame witchcraft.
Metal's New Obsession With Witchcraft, Biker Blues, and Tina Turner.
More than 200 people were accused of practicing witchcraft —the Devil's magic—and 20 were executed.
Below is the clip with the witchcraft quotes from 1999 via Think Progress.
On witchcraft superstition in Norfolk.
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