Definition of obeah in English:

obeah

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Pronunciation: /ˈəʊbɪə
 
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(also obi)

noun

[mass noun]
  • A kind of sorcery practised especially in the Caribbean: he knows the value of my power of obeah
    More 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.

Origin

Akan, from bayi 'sorcery'.

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