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voodoo Syllabification: voo·doo
Pronunciation: /ˈvo͞oˌdo͞o/

Definition of voodoo in English:


1A black religious cult practiced in the Caribbean and the southern US, combining elements of Roman Catholic ritual with traditional African magical and religious rites, and characterized by sorcery and spirit possession.
Example sentences
  • But it also plays with core elements of the Haitian voodoo tradition, of Caribbean magic, and of African rituals as well.
  • The West African and trans-Caribbean influences in the South are best seen in spiritual ceremonies that evoke elements from voodoo rituals.
  • These beliefs in establishing an actual connection with the world beyond death are closer to the beliefs of African-based religions such as voodoo than to those of Christianity.
1.1A person skilled in voodoo.

verb (voodoos, voodooing, voodooed)

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Affect (someone) by the practice of voodoo.
Example sentences
  • ‘So let me get this straight,’ I said through hot tears, ‘you've been… voodooing the people around you, to get your way.’


Pronunciation: /ˈvo͞oˌdo͞oˌizəm/
Example sentences
  • I wanted the facts of the book to stand up on their own, so I had to read a lot about lighthouses, the legacy of slavery in Scotland and about the religions of voodooism and Gnosticism.
  • The influx of black slaves brought with it a culture from the African continent including voodooism, still widely practised today.
Example sentences
  • Very little is known about Pritchard, Marie Laveau, or any other 19 th-century voodooists.
  • There's a quite effective twist ending where the identity of the real voodooist is revealed, even if this doesn't really make sense in terms of motivation.
  • To a voodooist, what a Christian might refer to as the soul, comes in two parts.


Early 19th century: from Louisiana French, from Kwa vodũ.

Words that rhyme with voodoo

hoodoo, kudu
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