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Warlock

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Wárlock.
Wárluck.
n.s. [vardlookr, Islandick, a charm; werloʒ, Saxon, an evil spirit. This etymology was communicated by Mr. Wise.] A male witch; a wizzard.

Warlock in Scotland is applied to a man whom the vulgar suppose to be conversant with spirits, as a woman who carries on the same commerce is called a witch: he is supposed to have the invulnerable quality which Dryden mentions, who did not understand the word.

He was no warlock, as the Scots commonly call such men, who they say are iron free or lead free. Dryden.

Sources: Dryden, John (788) · Wise, Francis (2)

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