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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Witchcraft  \Witch"craft`\,  n.  [AS.  wiccecr[ae]ft.] 
  1.  The  practices  or  art  of  witches;  sorcery;  enchantments; 
  intercourse  with  evil  spirits. 
 
  2.  Power  more  than  natural;  irresistible  influence. 
 
  He  hath  a  witchcraft  Over  the  king  in  's  tongue. 
  --Shak. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  witchcraft 
  n  :  the  art  of  sorcery  [syn:  {witchery}] 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Witchcraft 
  (1  Sam.  15:23;  2  Kings  9:22;  2  Chr.  33:6;  Micah  5:12;  Nahum  3:4; 
  Gal.  5:20).  In  the  popular  sense  of  the  word  no  mention  is  made 
  either  of  witches  or  of  witchcraft  in  Scripture. 
 
  The  "witch  of  En-dor"  (1  Sam.  28)  was  a  necromancer,  i.e.,  one 
  who  feigned  to  hold  converse  with  the  dead.  The  damsel  with  "a 
  spirit  of  divination"  (Acts  16:16)  was  possessed  by  an  evil 
  spirit,  or  as  the  words  are  literally  rendered,  "having  a 
  spirit,  a  pithon."  The  reference  is  to  the  heathen  god  Apollo, 
  who  was  regarded  as  the  god  of  prophecy. 
 




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