shaman

[shah-muhn, shey-, sham-uhn]
noun
(especially among certain tribal peoples) a person who acts as intermediary between the natural and supernatural worlds, using magic to cure illness, foretell the future, control spiritual forces, etc.

Origin:
1690–1700; < German Schamane < Russian shamán, probably < Evenki šamān, samān

shamanic [shuh-man-ik] , adjective
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shaman (ˈʃæmən)
 
n
1.  a priest of shamanism
2.  a medicine man of a similar religion, esp among certain tribes of North American Indians
 
[C17: from Russian shaman, from Tungusian ̆saman, from Pali samana Buddhist monk, ultimately from Sanskrit śrama religious exercise]
 
shamanic
 
adj

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shaman
1698, "priest of the Ural-Altaic peoples," probably via Ger. Schamane, from Rus. shaman, from Tungus shaman, which is perhaps from Chinese sha men "Buddhist monk," from Prakrit samaya-, from Skt. sramana-s "Buddhist ascetic."
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Example sentences
If the answers were not forthcoming, the guiding spirits could be summoned by a shaman.
Your party leader might be a warlord, an ardent, or a shaman.
The shaman and the jaguar a study of narcotic drugs among the indians of colombia.
Once the night-mare visitations began, a shaman was often needed to set things right.
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