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Definition of Sorcery

(noun) The conscious manipulation of words or ritual objects with the intent of magically causing something positive or negative to happen.

Sorcery Pronunciation

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: sor·cer·y

Audio Pronunciation

– American English
– British English

Phonetic Spelling

  • American English – /sOR-suhr-ree/
  • British English – /sOs-uh-ree/

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /ˈsɔrsəri/
  • British English – /ˈsɔːsəri/

Usage Notes

  • 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.

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Cite the Definition of Sorcery

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “sorcery.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved February 16, 2020 (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 February 16, 2020. https://sociologydictionary.org/sorcery/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“sorcery.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 16 Feb. 2020. <https://sociologydictionary.org/sorcery/>.