voodoo

/vooh"dooh/, n., pl. voodoos, adj., v., voodooed, voodooing.
n.
1. Also, vodun. a polytheistic religion practiced chiefly by West Indians, deriving principally from African cult worship and containing elements borrowed from the Catholic religion.
2. a person who practices this religion.
3. a fetish or other object of voodoo worship.
4. a group of magical and ecstatic rites associated with voodoo.
5. (not in technical use) black magic; sorcery.
adj.
6. of, pertaining to, associated with, or practicing voodoo.
7. Informal (usually disparaging). characterized by deceptively simple, almost magical, solutions or ideas: voodoo politics.
v.t.
8. to affect by voodoo sorcery.
[1810-20, Amer.; < LaF, earlier vandoux, vandoo < a West African source perh. akin to Ewe vodu demon]

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