cunning woman

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cunning woman (plural cunning women)

  1. (now historical) A witch or sorceress.
    • 1971, Keith Thomas, Religion and the Decline of Magic, Folio Society (2012), page 185:
      Joan Warden of Stapleford, Cambridgeshire, when charged in 1592 with being a cunning woman, declared that ‘she doth not use any charms, but that she doth use ointments and herbs to cure many diseases’.

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