Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Magic; sorcery.
  • n. Wicca.
  • n. A magical or irresistible influence, attraction, or charm.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The practice of witches; magic, sorcery or the use supernatural powers to influence or predict events.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The practices or art of witches.
  • n. Sorcery; enchantments; intercourse with evil spirits.
  • n. Power more than natural; irresistible influence.
  • n. 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The practices of witches; sorcery; a supernatural power which persons were formerly supposed to obtain by entering into compact with the devil.
  • n. Extraordinary power; irresistible influence; fascination; witchery.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the art of sorcery

Etymologies

From Old English wiċċecræft, compound of wiċċe and cræft ("craft"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • • I think that mentioning that I "dabbled" in witchcraft is a cool way to address today's youth.

    Edward Murray: Apparently, I'm Christine O'Donnell

  • It's a lovely place. • I think that mentioning that I "dabbled" in witchcraft is a cool way to address today's youth.

    Edward Murray: Apparently, I'm Christine O'Donnell

  • Belief in witchcraft is widespread in parts of Nigeria, Africa's most populous nation.

    Leave my brethren alone!

  • The Greek version of the word witchcraft is connected to the practice of pharmakeia, from which we get our English word pharmacy.

    God is Not a Christian, Nor a Jew, Muslim, Hindu …

  • In a region where belief in witchcraft is widespread and many women are taught from childhood not to challenge tribal leaders or the prerogatives of men, the fear of flouting tradition often outweighs even the fear of AIDS.

    A Deadly Tradition | PopPolitics.com

  • The term witchcraft, says the historian of Whalley, is now "transferred to a gentler species of fascination, which my fair countrywomen still continue to exert in full force, without any apprehension of the county magistrates, or even of the king in council."

    Traditions of Lancashire, Volume 1 (of 2)

  • An owl hooted just as Glendenning uttered the word witchcraft.

    LADY of SKYE

  • While the term witchcraft may have been coined as shorthand for describing pagan healers, Europe’s witch hunts had the blessing of the Catholic Church.

    Spellbound

  • She told Girl, 'You care for your Brother best way you kin,' and she told Boy, 'You take care your Sister, so no boooin (and that's what you call witchcraft)' can get hold of her. '

    The Whale

  • There was a great deal of talk among the neighbors, particularly the petticoated ones, about what they called the witchcraft of Maule's eye.

    The House of the Seven Gables

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