witchcraft

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From Old English wiċċecræft, compound of wiċċe and cræft (craft).

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witchcraft (usually uncountable, plural witchcrafts)

  1. The practice of witches; magic, sorcery or the use supernatural powers to influence or predict events.
    • 1387, John Trevisa (transl.), Polychronicon Ranulphi Higden Monachi Cestrensis, chapter XLIV:
      And in þat ilond is sortilege and wicchecraft [transl. superstitiones, atque præstigia] i-vsed. For wommen þere selliþ schipmen wynde, as it were i-closed vnder þre knottes of þrede, so þat þe more wynd he wol haue, he wil vnknette þe mo knottes.
    Wiccans believe in a modernised form of witchcraft.

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