|1.||shaman, Also called: medicine man a man in certain societies, esp preliterate ones, who appears to possess magical powers, used esp to cure sickness but also to harm people|
|2.||a person who seeks out or hunts witches in some African tribal cultures|
a healer or benevolent worker of magic in a nonliterate society. The term originated in England in the 18th century and is generally considered to be pejorative and anthropologically inaccurate. See also medicine man; shaman.
Learn more about witch doctor with a free trial on Britannica.com.