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witch doctor

a person in some societies who attempts to cure sickness and to exorcise evil spirits by the use of magic.
1710-20 Unabridged
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  • When you get seriously ill go to a chiropractor or a naturopathic witch doctor and ask for a solution.
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  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for witch doctor

witch doctor

Also called shaman, 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
a person who seeks out or hunts witches in some African tribal cultures
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Encyclopedia Article for 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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