Definition of obeah in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈəʊbɪə/
(also obi)


[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.


Akan, from bayi 'sorcery'.

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