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  • n. witchcraft, demonic magic, necromancy

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Invocation of evil spirits; witchcraft.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Invocation of evil spirits; black magic; sorcery, in a bad sense.

Etymologies

Latin goetia, from Greek γοητεια ‘witchcraft’, from γοης ‘sorceror’. (Wiktionary)

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  • black magic, witchcraft, necromancy, sorcery

    Goety worketh vpon the dead by inuocation, so called of the noyse that the practisers hereof make about graues.
    —John Healey, 1610, translation of and commentary on Augustine of Hippo's City of God

    < Greek goēteí�? < goēt- "sorcerer" < go- "cry, wail"

    August 4, 2008