9 Grammatical Pitfalls


[sawr-suh-ree] /ˈsɔr sə ri/
noun, plural sorceries.
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 of sorcery
1250-1300; Middle English sorcerie < Medieval Latin sorceria. See sorcerer, -y3
enchantment. See magic. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for sorcery
  • More than one pointed to the elbow when referring to witchcraft, indicating the site in the body where sorcery is said to reside.
  • They give this tale of sorcery and time travel an aura of mystery that is entirely appropriate.
  • Fable takes this core of swords and sorcery and wraps it in a kind of fantasy life-simulation game.
  • There is no secret sorcery that informs work as a federal lawyer.
  • But in time the potion exacts a price through clever sorcery, leaving you alone and stranded amid a bleak landscape.
  • The words were well cloaked in her gentlest voice, her hardy optimism, her subtle sorcery.
  • Unfortunately, his audience thought he used sorcery.
  • It's swords and sorcery, so naturally there's violence involved.
  • Only an extraordinary concentration on life and art, simultaneously, could achieve such sorcery.
  • Unfortunately, the midwife has been accused of sorcery by the local priests and has been sentenced to die.
British Dictionary definitions for sorcery


noun (pl) -ceries
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for sorcery

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.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for sorcery

Most English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for sorcery

Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with sorcery

Nearby words for sorcery