warlock

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English warloghe, warlowe, warloȝe, from Old English wǣrloga (traitor, deceiver, literally truce-breaker), from wǣr (covenant, truce, pact, promise) (from Proto-Indo-European *wēr- (true); compare veritable) + loga (liar), from lēogan ( > English lie); the ending in -ck is from Scottish & Northern English. Cognate with Old High German wārlogo (truce-breaker, traitor).

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warlock (plural warlocks)

  1. The male equivalent of witch.
  2. (obsolete) A traitor or oath-breaker.
  3. (obsolete) The Devil, Satan; a demon.
  4. (originally Scotland and Northern UK) A man in league with the Devil; a male magic-user, a wizard.

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