Definition of Sorcery
(noun) The conscious manipulation of words or ritual objects with the intent of magically causing something positive or negative to happen.
- American English – /sOR-suhr-ree/
- British English – /sOs-uh-ree/
International Phonetic Alphabet
- American English – /ˈsɔrsəri/
- British English – /ˈsɔːsəri/
- Plural: sorceries
- Some definitions specify that sorcery is using magic for evil or negative purposes such as black magic.
- A (noun) sorcerer or (noun) sorceress (adverb) sorcerously (verb) sorcerizes or practices sorcery to attain (adjective) sorcerous goals.
- belief system
- personified supernatural force
ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “sorcery.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved March 2, 2021 (https://sociologydictionary.org/sorcery/).
APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)
sorcery. (2014). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/sorcery/
Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “sorcery.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed March 2, 2021. https://sociologydictionary.org/sorcery/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“sorcery.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 2 Mar. 2021. <https://sociologydictionary.org/sorcery/>.