witch-doctor

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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