witch doctor

noun
a person in some societies who attempts to cure sickness and to exorcise evil spirits by the use of magic.

Origin:
1710–20

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witch doctor
 
n
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

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witch doctor

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.

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Example sentences
When you get seriously ill go to a chiropractor or a naturopathic witch doctor and ask for a solution.
Why don't you ask a witch doctor and perhaps an astrologer while you are at it.
The way he told the story, a witch doctor got him out of a coma.
In one incident a cow thief was buried alive, while in another village a suspected witch doctor was buried alive.
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