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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A polytheistic Neo-Pagan nature religion inspired by various pre-Christian western European beliefs, whose central deity is a mother goddess and which includes the use of herbal magic and benign witchcraft.
  • n. A group or community of believers or followers of this religion.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A neopagan religion first popularised in 1954 by British civil servant Gerald Gardner, involving the worship of God and Goddess and the observance of eight Sabbats.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • proper n. A religion derived from pre-Christian times, also called Witchcraft{4}, which practices a benevolent reverence for nature, and recognizes two deities, variously viewed as Mother & Father, Goddess & God, Female & Male, etc.; its practitioners are called Wiccans, Wiccas, or witches. Since there is no central authority to propagate dogma, the beliefs and practices of Wiccans vary significantly.
  • proper n. A practitioner of Wicca, also commonly called a Wiccan, Wicca, or witch .

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the polytheistic nature religion of modern witchcraft whose central deity is a mother goddess; claims origins in pre-Christian pagan religions of western Europe
  • n. a community of followers of the Wicca religion

Etymologies

Old English wicca, necromancer; see witch.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
A twentieth-century representation of the Old English wiċċa. The modern use of the term was introduced first as Wica on page 102 in Gerald Gardner's Witchcraft Today (1954), alleging that the term was used as a self-designation by practitioners of witchcraft who initiated him in 1939. The spelling Wicca is first attested[2] on page 95 in Gerald Gardner's Meaning of Witchcraft (1959). (Wiktionary)

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