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So'rcerer n.s. [sorcier, French; sortiarius, low Latin.] A conjurer; an enchanter; a magician.

They say this town is full of cozenage,
As nimble jugglers that deceive the eye,
Drug-working sorcerers that change the mind,
Soul-killing witches that deform the body,
And many such like libertines of sin.

The weakness of the power of witches upon kings and magistrates may be ascribed to the weakness of imagination; for it is hard for a witch or a sorcerer to put on a belief that they can hurt such. Bacon's Natural History.

He saw a sable sorcerer arise,
All sudden gorgon's hiss and dragon's glare,
And ten horn'd fiends.

The Egyptian sorcerers contended with Moses; but the wonders which Moses wrought did so far transcend the power of magicians, as made them confess it was the finger of God. Watts's Logick.

Sources: Bacon, Francis (396) · Shakespeare's Comedy of Errors (24) · Pope, Alexander (393) · Watts, Isaac (116)

Attributes: French (385) · Latin (690) · Noun Substantive (1269)

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