Definition of Druid in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈdruːɪd


  • 1A priest, magician, or soothsayer in the ancient Celtic religion.
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    • Knocking on wood is meant to bring good luck by enlisting the support of spirits who according to the ancient pagans Druids, lived in trees.
    • Indeed there are various stories and legends, which convey a sense of peace and harmony between the first Christian settlers in Britain and the Druids, the Celtic priesthood.
    • The Druids would cut the mistletoe that grew on the oak tree and give it as a blessing.
  • 1.1A member of a present-day group claiming to represent or be derived from this religion.
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    • The god of this world is worshipped by many Wiccans, Witches, Druids, other Neo-Pagans, and even theistic and spiritual Satanists.
    • No wonder they are highly thought of by Druids and Pagans.
    • As Wiccans, Druids, conscious Pagans and Medicine Women we're each and every one of us teachers, intentionally setting examples and sharing the lessons and insights of our lives.



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  • Hence the Celtic designs on Irish crosses that closely resembled Druidic glyphs or Haitian Voodoo rituals that fuse the worship of Catholic saints with that of African Loas.
  • Captain Britain wasn't an ersatz copy of an American hero any more; the authors interpolated him into a more densely-realised realm of Druidic myths.
  • Mistletoe, however, was not tolerated by the church, for it was long associated with Druidic pagan rites, including links to human sacrifice.


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  • On one of the hills on the estate is a monolith known as St Augustine's stone, which is said to have been in some way connected with Druidical worship, while Drewton itself is a corruption of the name ‘Drewid's Town’.
  • My paternal Grandfather was a follower of Druidism, in fact, highly placed in Druidical circles in the last century.
  • I felt as if I had stumbled back several millennia into some distant Druidical ritual.


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  • Actually there was a body of popular superstitions and observances which came from a deeper and older source than Druidism, and was destined to long outlive it.
  • If Druidism winds up being the true faith I don't want to have to explain why I ever kicked a tree.
  • As I have pointed out, such a philosophy - animism - is not dissimilar to the beliefs of Druidism, which is a set of religious beliefs from Western Europe and Britain around the time of the life of Christ.


from Latin druidae, druides (plural), from Gaulish; related to Irish draoidh 'magician, sorcerer'.

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