warlock

[wawr-lok]
noun
1.
a man who practices the black arts; a male witch; sorcerer.
2.
a fortuneteller or conjurer.

Origin:
before 900; Middle English warloghe, -lach, Old English wǣrloga oathbreaker, devil, equivalent to wǣr covenant + -loga betrayer (derivative of lēogan to lie)

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warlock (ˈwɔːˌlɒk)
 
n
1.  a man who practises black magic; sorcerer
2.  a fortune-teller, conjuror, or magician
 
[Old English wǣrloga oath breaker, from wǣr oath + -loga liar, from lēogan to lie1]

Warlock (ˈwɔːˌlɒk)
 
n
Peter, real name Philip Arnold Heseltine. 1894--1930, British composer and scholar of early English music. His works include song cycles, such as The Curlew (1920--22), and the Capriol Suite (1926) for strings

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warlock
O.E. wærloga "traitor, liar, enemy," from wær "faith, a compact" (cf. O.H.G. wara "truth," O.N. varar "solemn promise, vow;" see very; cf. also Varangian) + agent noun related to leogan "to lie" (see lie
(v.1)). Original primary sense seems to have been "oath-breaker;" given special application to the devil (c.1000), but also used of giants and cannibals. Meaning "one in league with the devil" is recorded from c.1300. Ending in -ck and meaning "male equivalent of witch" (1568) are from Scottish.
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Then he hurried to the warlock's castle, but only to learn from the princess that the warlock was still alive.
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