from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of stabbing or piercing with a sharp instrument a wax or clay image of a person, under the belief that the person himself, though absent and unconscious of the act, will thereupon languish and die: a kind of spell or witchcraft believed in in ancient times and in the middle ages.


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  • A form of witchcraft in which an image of a person is made ,usually of wax,and then stabbed with pins,thorns,or the like, or slowly melted before a fire, it being supposed that the person imaged will suffer injury or waste away in death in consequence. The superstition is as old as human culture and spread throughout a great part of the world.

    November 6, 2007