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Black magic   /blæk mˈædʒɪk/   Listen
Black magic

noun
1.
The belief in magical spells that harness occult forces or evil spirits to produce unnatural effects in the world.  Synonyms: black art, necromancy, sorcery.






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"Black magic" Quotes from Famous Books



... stretched her hands in a cup to me, Begging for my heart. She has circled me with the black magic of her brows And shot ...
— The Garden of Bright Waters - One Hundred and Twenty Asiatic Love Poems • Translated by Edward Powys Mathers

... by the surname of Mauvais, the Evil, on account of his sinister reputation. He had studied beyond the custom of his kind, seeking such things as the Philosopher's Stone, or the Elixir of Eternal Life, and was reputed wise in the terrible secrets of Black Magic and Alchemy. Michel Mauvais had one son, named Charles, a youth as proficient as himself in the hidden arts, and who had therefore been called Le Sorcier, or the Wizard. This pair, shunned by all honest folk, were suspected of the most hideous practices. Old Michel was said to have burnt his ...
— Writings in the United Amateur, 1915-1922 • Howard Phillips Lovecraft

... prince of the royal blood of the House of Israel and of the ancient Pharaohs of Khem, desire to have anything to do with such an one, he a child of the Chosen People, a worshipper of the true and only God? Yesterday she had thrown a spell upon him, a spell of black magic, or the spell of her imperial beauty, which, it mattered not, but to-day he was the lord of his own mind, and would shake himself free of ...
— Elissa • H. Rider Haggard

... right to be mentioned in a "Treatise on Demonology," because the earlier astrologers, though denying the use of all necromancy—that is, unlawful or black magic—pretended always to a correspondence with the various spirits of the elements, on the principles of the Rosicrucian philosophy. They affirmed they could bind to their service, and imprison in ...
— Letters On Demonology And Witchcraft • Sir Walter Scott

... to herself that no one had sought those strange experiences less than she had, no one had been less interested in Spiritualism and black magic, as it used to be called, than she had been—and, indeed, still was. Michael had called her his practical mystic, yet she had never felt herself to ...
— There was a King in Egypt • Norma Lorimer

... screamed the Witch. "Stand back, I say, all three, And leave this wicked rabblement to me. Now shall they learn the terror of my curse, Black magic shall ...
— The Geste of Duke Jocelyn • Jeffery Farnol

... When I don't know whether I'm on my feet or my head?" he said. His drugged passiveness showed Oliver with desolating clarity that anything that could be done would have to be done by himself. He crept over toward the window with a wild wish that black magic were included in a Yale curriculum—the only really sensible thing he could think of doing would be for both of them to ...
— Young People's Pride • Stephen Vincent Benet

... confront each of the two groups. If the occultist obtains illumination and evolves within himself the latent spiritual faculties, he may use them for the furtherance of his personal objects, to the great detriment of his fellow-men. That is black magic, and the punishment which it automatically calls down upon the head of the perpetrator is so awful that it is best to draw the veil over it. The mystic may also err because of ignorance, and fall into the meshes of nature's law, but being actuated by love, his mistakes will never be ...
— The Rosicrucian Mysteries • Max Heindel

... case, the anthropologist cannot well do it for them. But every primitive society thinks witchcraft bad. Witchcraft consists in leaguing oneself with supernormal powers of evil in order to effect selfish and anti-social ends. Witchcraft, then, is genuine magic—black magic of the devil's colour. On the other hand, every primitive society also distinguishes certain salutary ways of dealing with supernormal powers. All these ways taken together constitute religion. For the rest, there will always be a mass of more or less ...
— Anthropology • Robert Marett

... rivalry in the game of cultivating millionaire souls; there are slanders and feuds, just as in soulless affairs. "Don't have anything to do with Madame Tingley," whispers a Theosophist lady to my Wife; and when my wife in all innocence inquires, "Why not?" the awe-stricken answer comes, "She practices black magic!" ...
— The Profits of Religion, Fifth Edition • Upton Sinclair

... magicians, witches, who, like the children of Cailitin, the foes of Cuchulain, or the three mutilated women whom Maev educated in evil craft to do evil to her foes, or the dread band that deceived Cuchulain into his last ride of death, practised black magic—evil, and the ministers of evil. Magic, and the doing of it, runs through the whole of Irish story-telling, and not only into pagan but also into Christian legend; for it was easy to change the old gods into devils, to ...
— The High Deeds of Finn and other Bardic Romances of Ancient Ireland • T. W. Rolleston

... magic's all humbug. It lacks the essential attribute of fulfilment. It doesn't work. Black magic that ...
— Pearl of Pearl Island • John Oxenham

... could say just how it came to be whispered that the Templars of Temple Assheton dealt in black magic. Travelers told strange tales of France, where the Order was stronger than it was in England—tales of unhallowed processionals and midnight incantations learned from the infidels of Syria. A Preceptor, Gregory of Hildesheim, was ...
— Masters of the Guild • L. Lamprey



Words linked to "Black magic" :   thaumaturgy, obiism, demonism, witchery, bewitchment, diabolism, Satanism, witchcraft, magic, enchantment



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