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witch doctor

noun
1.
a person in some societies who attempts to cure sickness and to exorcise evil spirits by the use of magic.
Origin
1710-1720
1710-20
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British Dictionary definitions for witch-doctor

witch doctor

noun
1.
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
2.
a person who seeks out or hunts witches in some African tribal cultures
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Encyclopedia Article for witch-doctor

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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