Definition of obeah in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈōbēə/
(also obi /ˈōbē/)


A kind of sorcery practiced especially in the Caribbean.
Example sentences
  • Informal social control occurs through peer pressure, gossip, and fear of harmful magic known as obeah.
  • Although it has been illegal for a long time, obeah, the traditional witchcraft of the Caribbean, still exists.
  • Some still fear the African-derived black magic called obeah that is common in the Caribbean region.


Twi, from bayi 'sorcery'.

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