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medicine man

(among North American Indians and some other aboriginal peoples) a person believed to possess magical or supernatural powers; shaman.
a seller of patent medicine, especially before 1900, presenting a medicine show to attract customers.
Origin of medicine man
1795-1805 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • A French officer found that the people of a certain tribe believed very much in an idol which a medicine man had set up.

  • As the medicine man I am known to have extra power and magic in visions.

    The Hohokam Dig Theodore Pratt
  • "Musq'oosis, a kind of medicine man of her tribe," answered Mahooley.

    The Huntress Hulbert Footner
  • This freak of figure and dress was Thunder-maker, the great medicine man of the tribe.

    The Fiery Totem Argyll Saxby
  • medicine man, it moved not, it fluttered not, Though one bleeding wing hung broken.

    The Fire Bird Gene Stratton-Porter
  • The medicine man of a tribe is different from others of his race.

    The Fiery Totem Argyll Saxby
  • When Timid Hare reached home she spoke of this medicine man to her mistress.

    Timid Hare Mary Hazelton Wade
  • "Then it may be as the pale-face wish," resumed the medicine man.

    The Fiery Totem Argyll Saxby
British Dictionary definitions for medicine man

medicine man

(among certain peoples, esp North American Indians) a person believed to have supernatural powers of healing; a magician or sorcerer
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