from The American HeritageĀ® 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 sorsĀ ("fate"). (Wiktionary)



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