Definition of "voodoo" []

  • A religion practiced chiefly in Caribbean countries, especially Haiti, syncretized from Roman Catholic ritual elements and the animism and magic of slaves from West Africa, in which a supreme God rules a large pantheon of local and tutelary deities, deified ancestors, and saints, who communicate with believers in dreams, trances, and ritual possessions. Also called vodoun. (noun)
  • A charm, fetish, spell, or curse holding magic power for adherents of voodoo. (noun)
  • A practitioner, priest, or priestess of voodoo. (noun)
  • Deceptive or delusive nonsense. (noun)
  • To place under the influence of a spell or curse; bewitch. (verb-transitive)
  • A religious cult involving witchcraft and communication by trance with ancestors and animistic deities, common in Haiti and other Caribbean islands (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • A person who practises voodoo (noun)
  • A charm, spell, or fetish involved in voodoo worship and ritual (noun)
  • Relating to or associated with voodoo (adjective)
  • To affect by or as if by the power of voodoo (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "voodoo" in a sentence
  • "The word is vodun in Creole French, the source of the word voodoo as it is misinterpreted and misrepresented in English and Western thought."
  • "HOODOO A variation of the word voodoo used commonly in the southern United States."
  • "Unfortunately, as a result of the sensational and inaccurate interpretations in the media, Hollywood in particular, the word voodoo has come to represent a fantasy of black magic and sorcery."