from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Use of supernatural power over others through the assistance of spirits; witchcraft.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Magical power; the use of witchcraft or magic arts.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Divination by the assistance, or supposed assistance, of evil spirits, or the power of commanding evil spirits; magic; necromancy; witchcraft; enchantment.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Originally, divination from the casting of lots; hence, the use of supernatural knowledge or power gained in any manner, especially through the connivance of evil spirits; magic art; enchantment; witchcraft; spells; charms.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the belief in magical spells that harness occult forces or evil spirits to produce unnatural effects in the world
Middle English sorcerie, from Old French, from sorcier, sorcerer; see sorcerer.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French sorcerie, ultimately derived from Latin sors ("fate"). (Wiktionary)