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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.
Origin of witch doctor
1710-20 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • We were all curious to see the effect of the witch-doctor's prescription, and had quite an argument about it.

    Adventures in Swaziland Owen Rowe O'Neil
  • For the account of the ravings of a witch-doctor, see Pioneering, vol.

  • Now I was very curious about the "muti" of the witch-doctor.

    Adventures in Swaziland Owen Rowe O'Neil
  • He no longer wore even his mystic adornments as witch-doctor.

    The King's Assegai Bertram Mitford
  • And, poising his assegai, he sprang forward to the old Mosutu witch-doctor.

    The King's Assegai Bertram Mitford
  • Spurred by the sudden pain, Chet kicked the witch-doctor in the face.

    Uniform of a Man Dave Dryfoos
  • Firstly, she, being a Christian, dare not own that she has visited a witch-doctor.

    The Wizard H. Rider Haggard
  • “They may be around us—in the forest or jungle at any minute,” the witch-doctor said.

  • Has she been telling you about the witch-doctor, and the devil, and the scorpion, and the little beast?

    When Ghost Meets Ghost William Frend De Morgan
  • Sanders took fifty Houssas into the bush and interviewed the witch-doctor.

    Sanders of the River Edgar Wallace
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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