voodoo

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Etymology[edit]

From Louisiana Creole French voudou, from Haitian Creole vodou, from West African, such as Ewe (Dahomey and Togo) vódũ ‘deity, idol’, Fon vodū ‘fetish’, vodun, Kwa vodũ.

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voodoo (countable and uncountable, plural voodoos)

  1. A religion of the Ewe/Fon of West Africa, practiced chiefly in Benin.
  2. Any of a group of related religious practices found chiefly in and around the Caribbean, particularly in Haiti and Louisiana.
  3. (pejorative) Any sort of magical or irrational approach to a problem.
    I want a real explanation, not this statistical voodoo.
  4. (dated) One who practices voodoo; a native sorcerer.
    • 1889, Longman's Magazine (volume 14, page 557)
      So a reporter of the Boston Herald (U.S.) has 'interviewed' a few local Voodoos. He has seen a dance round a boiling pot, seen some tomfoolery with spiders, and heard a lot of superstitious nonsense.

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voodoo (third-person singular simple present voodoos, present participle voodooing, simple past and past participle voodooed)

  1. To bewitch someone or something using voodoo
    He claimed his neighbor had voodooed him.

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Finnish[edit]

Noun[edit]

voodoo

  1. voodoo

Declension[edit]

Inflection of voodoo (Kotus type 20/filee, no gradation)
nominative voodoo voodoot
genitive voodoon voodoiden
voodoitten
partitive voodoota voodoita
illative voodoohon
voodooseen
voodoihin
voodoisiin
singular plural
nominative voodoo voodoot
accusative nom.? voodoo voodoot
gen. voodoon
genitive voodoon voodoiden
voodoitten
partitive voodoota voodoita
inessive voodoossa voodoissa
elative voodoosta voodoista
illative voodoohon
voodooseen
voodoihin
voodoisiin
adessive voodoolla voodoilla
ablative voodoolta voodoilta
allative voodoolleˣ voodoilleˣ
essive voodoona voodoina
translative voodooksi voodoiksi
instructive voodoin
abessive voodootta voodoitta
comitative voodoineen

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Noun[edit]

voodoo m (invariable)

  1. voodoo