American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The practice and doctrines of voodoo.
- n. The practice of sorcery or witchcraft.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The voodoo superstitions and practices. In the main these are only such fantastical beliefs and impotent secret libations, burnings, etc., as are everywhere the recourse of base and puerile conditions of mind. There seems to be little in voodooism to justify the term “worship”; and still less does it seem to contain any group of beliefs, myths, or pious observances that make it in any sense a separate religion.
- n. uncountable A religious cult, from Haiti, involving witchcraft and sorcery.
- n. countable Any voodoo practice.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A degraded form of superstition and sorcery, said to include human sacrifices and cannibalism in some of its rites. It is prevalent among the negroes of Haiti, and to some extent in the United States, and is regarded as a relic of African barbarism.
- n. a religious cult practiced chiefly in Caribbean countries (especially Haiti); involves witchcraft and animistic deities
“This voodooism which they clearly wanted to portray was more of the story line than anything else in this plot.”
“No, I refer to the sizable minority who have perverted voodooism and are now engaged in a unholy war against the deceased-deficient.”
“However, the next day, I sat Monk down at the computer and read a few entries about voodooism to him, specifically focusing on articles like this one that explain how people in our culture tend to denigrate the practice of voodoo, and the possible reasons why:”
“If he thought "the Viennese quack" and "Freudian voodooism" were so useless and banal, why couldn't he stay off the subject, or the subtext?”
“It isn't true, for example, for voodooism, or the belief that the earth is flat, or Humean skepticism, or philosophical naturalism.”
“He challenged the church to embark on programmes aimed at saving the masses from falling into an "abyss of witchcraft and voodooism".”
“With "Frank's Place," they used that same kind of theme -- spirituality, voodooism -- but they did it in such a way that there was respect for the culture.”
“I remember particularly there was a program that had to do with voodooism and the whole thing of spirituality.”
“Like many other ignorant people, he was very superstitious and believed in charms and voodooism.”
“Religion to the progressives became a Christian experience rather than the wild notions of revelation, which among some of the uninformed too often bordered on superstition and voodooism of the middle age, after the restraint of slavery had been removed and the Negroes as groups exercising religious freedom could indulge their fancy at will.”
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