witch


witch
witchhood, n.witchlike, adj.
/wich/, n.
1. a person, now esp. a woman, who professes or is supposed to practice magic, esp. black magic or the black art; sorceress. Cf. warlock.
2. an ugly or mean old woman; hag: the old witch who used to own this building.
3. a person who uses a divining rod; dowser.
v.t.
4. to bring by or as by witchcraft (often fol. by into, to, etc.): She witched him into going.
5. Archaic. to affect as if by witchcraft; bewitch; charm.
v.i.
6. to prospect with a divining rod; dowse.
adj.
7. of, pertaining to, or designed as protection against witches.
[bef. 900; ME wicche, OE wicce (fem.; cf. wicca(masc.) wizard; see WICKED)]

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