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  3  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Sorcery  \Sor"cer*y\,  n.;  pl  {Sorceries}.  [OE.  sorcerie,  OF 
  sorcerie,  fr  OF  &  F.  sorcier  a  sorcerer,  LL  sortiarius 
  fr  L.  sors,  sortis,  a  lot  decision  by  lot  fate,  destiny. 
  See  {Sort},  n.] 
  Divination  by  the  assistance,  or  supposed  assistance,  of  evil 
  spirits,  or  the  power  of  commanding  evil  spirits;  magic; 
  necromancy;  witchcraft;  enchantment. 
  Adder's  wisdom  I  have  learned,  To  fence  my  ear  against 
  thy  sorceries.  --Milton. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  :  the  belief  in  magical  spells  that  harness  occult  forces  or 
  evil  spirits  to  produce  unnatural  effects  in  the  world 
  [syn:  {black  magic},  {black  art}] 
  From  THE  DEVIL'S  DICTIONARY  ((C)1911  Released  April  15  1993)  [devils]: 
  SORCERY,  n.  The  ancient  prototype  and  forerunner  of  political 
  influence.  It  was  however,  deemed  less  respectable  and  sometimes  was 
  punished  by  torture  and  death.  Augustine  Nicholas  relates  that  a  poor 
  peasant  who  had  been  accused  of  sorcery  was  put  to  the  torture  to 
  compel  a  confession.  After  enduring  a  few  gentle  agonies  the 
  suffering  simpleton  admitted  his  guilt,  but  naively  asked  his 
  tormentors  if  it  were  not  possible  to  be  a  sorcerer  without  knowing 

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