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sorcerer

[sawr-ser-er] /ˈsɔr sər ər/
noun
1.
a person who practices sorcery; black magician; wizard.
Origin
1520-1530
1520-30; earlier sorcer, Middle English < Middle French sorcier, perhaps < Vulgar Latin *sortiārius one who casts lots, equivalent to Latin sort- (stem of sors) lot, fate + -i- -i- + -ārius -ier2; see -er1
Related forms
undersorcerer, noun
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Examples from the web for sorcerer
  • It is believed that in the knot the sorcerer has bound up the life of his enemy.
  • While he utters this prayer the sorcerer looks upwards, burning incense the while.
  • His playing was so hypnotizing that throughout his life he was quite seriously accused of being a sorcerer.
British Dictionary definitions for sorcerer

sorcerer

/ˈsɔːsərə/
noun
1.
a person who seeks to control and use magic powers; a wizard or magician
Word Origin
C16: from Old French sorcier, from Vulgar Latin sortiārius (unattested) caster of lots, from Latin sors lot
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Word Origin and History for sorcerer
n.

early 15c., from earlier sorcer (late 14c.), from Old French sorcier, from Medieval Latin sortarius "teller of fortunes by lot; sorcerer" (also source of Spanish sortero, Italian sortiere-; see sorcery). With superfluous -er, as in poulterer, upholsterer. Sorcerer's apprentice translates l'apprenti sorcier, title of a symphonic poem by Paul Dukas (1897) based on a Goethe ballad ("Der Zauberlehrling," 1797), but the common figurative use of the term (1952) comes after Disney's "Fantasia" (1940).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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sorcerer in Technology
tool
A simple tree parser generator by Terence Parr parrt@s1.arc.umn.edu.
SORCERER is suitable for translation problems lying between those solved by code generator generators and by full source-to-source translator generators. SORCERER generates simple, flexible, top-down, tree parsers that, in contrast to code generators, may execute actions at any point during a tree walk. SORCERER accepts extended BNF notation, allows predicates to direct the tree walk with semantic and syntactic context information, and does not rely on any particular intermediate form, parser generator, or other pre-existing application.
SORCERER is included in the Purdue Compiler-Construction Tool Set.
Version: 1.00B
(ftp://marvin.ecn.purdue.edu/pub/pccts/sorcerer/).
E-mail: ("e-mail sor.tar.Z.uu" in subject).
Mailing list: pccts-users-request@ahpcrc.umn.edu (message body: "subscribe pccts-users YOUR-NAME", where YOUR-NAME can be your name or e-mail address).
(1994-02-15)
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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sorcerer in the Bible

from the Latin sortiarius, one who casts lots, or one who tells the lot of others. (See DIVINATION.) In Dan. 2:2 it is the rendering of the Hebrew mekhashphim, i.e., mutterers, men who professed to have power with evil spirits. The practice of sorcery exposed to severest punishment (Mal. 3:5; Rev. 21:8; 22:15).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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