Magical, mysterious, and quite possibly mythical, a sorcerer is a name for a spell-casting wizard.

Use the noun sorcerer when you're talking about a magician who practices enchantments and conjures spells. Sorcerers appear in many fantasy novels and Shakespeare plays. The word for a female sorcerer is sorceress. The Latin word sors, "fate or fortune," is at the root of sorcerer, which didn't come into popular use until after the 1940 release of the Disney film "Fantasia," which featured Mickey Mouse as the character "the sorcerer's apprentice."

Definitions of sorcerer

n one who practices magic or sorcery

magician, necromancer, thaumaturge, thaumaturgist, wizard
Count Alessandro di Cagliostro
Italian who was famous as a magician and alchemist (1743-1795)
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a sorcerer or magician
exorciser, exorcist
someone who practices exorcism
a magician or sorcerer of ancient times
a woman sorcerer
witch doctor
someone who is believed to heal through magical powers
(Greek mythology) a sorceress who detained Odysseus on her island and turned his men into swine
conjure man, conjurer, conjuror
a witch doctor who practices conjury
Type of:
a believer in occultism; someone versed in the occult arts

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