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[wich-uh-ree] /ˈwɪtʃ ə ri/
noun, plural witcheries.
witchcraft; magic.
magical influence; fascination; charm:
the witchery of her beauty.
Origin of witchery
1540-50; witch + -ery Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The nights were almost as bright as the days and seemed to hold a witchery which ran like fire in the veins of the forest folk.

  • She laid back her veil and even in the darkness I felt the witchery of her glance.

    The Cavalier George Washington Cable
  • A soft island melody was wafted from the fo'c'stle, and the night was alive with all the witchery of the tropics.

    The White Waterfall James Francis Dwyer
  • Thus we are led to infer that the contradiction is an appearance only, and witchery of the senses.

    The Republic Plato
  • There was about her a fascination I cannot explain, a something independent of externals—a witchery to be felt but not defined.

  • It was the witchery of the music that called up the glorious past.

    My New Curate P.A. Sheehan
  • The poets, in successive ages, have delighted in bearing witness to this witchery of The Faerie Queene.

  • What was there in her smile that should seem to summon one with a spell of witchery?

    A Little Girl in Old Detroit Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • No; her wiles and witchery, for she was not a woman to love anyone or anything.

    The Son of Clemenceau Alexandre (fils) Dumas
  • I ferret out all their secrets and can see through their masks; but I use no witchery about it.

    Manasseh Maurus Jokai
British Dictionary definitions for witchery


noun (pl) -eries
the practice of witchcraft
magical or bewitching influence or charm
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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