Definition of sympathetic magic in English:

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sympathetic magic

noun

[mass noun]
Primitive or magical ritual using objects or actions resembling or symbolically associated with the event or person over which influence is sought.
Example sentences
  • Quackery usually involves integrating metaphysics and such things as sympathetic magic or spiritualism with healing.
  • All such forms of divination seem to be based on sympathetic magic and cold reading.
  • Empty words that everyone seemed to believe would magically draw profits, sympathetic magic from chanting corporate shamans.
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