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sorcery

[sawr-suh-ree] /ˈsɔr sə ri/
noun, plural sorceries.
1.
the art, practices, or spells of a person who is supposed to exercise supernatural powers through the aid of evil spirits; black magic; witchery.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English sorcerie < Medieval Latin sorceria. See sorcerer, -y3
Synonyms
enchantment. See magic.
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  • Unfortunately, the midwife has been accused of sorcery by the local priests and has been sentenced to die.
British Dictionary definitions for sorcery

sorcery

/ˈsɔːsərɪ/
noun (pl) -ceries
1.
the art, practices, or spells of magic, esp black magic, by which it is sought to harness occult forces or evil spirits in order to produce preternatural effects in the world
Derived Forms
sorcerous, adjective
Word Origin
C13: from Old French sorcerie, from sorciersorcerer
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Word Origin and History for sorcery
n.

c.1300, from Old French sorcerie, from sorcier "sorcerer, wizard," from Medieval Latin sortiarius "teller of fortunes by lot; sorcerer," literally "one who influences fate or fortune," from Latin sors (genitive sortis) "lot, fate, fortune" (see sort (n.)).

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Encyclopedia Article for sorcery

the practice of malevolent magic, derived from casting lots as a means of divining the future in the ancient Mediterranean world. Some scholars distinguish sorcery from witchcraft by noting that it is learned rather than intrinsic. Other scholars, noting that modern witches claim to learn their craft, suggest that sorcery's intent is always evil and that of witchcraft can be either good or bad. In the early Christian era, the term was applied to any magician or wizard but by the Middle Ages only to those who allegedly practiced magic intended to harm others. In Western popular culture, and in Western children's literature in particular, the sorcerer often assumes a more positive guise.

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