What is the difference between wicca and witch?

wicca | witch |

Wicca is a see also of witch.

As nouns the difference between wicca and witch

is that wicca is wicca (neo-pagan religion) while witch is a man who practises witchcraft or witch can be an atlantic flatfish, glyptocephalus cynoglossus ; torbay sole or witch can be a cone of paper which is placed in a vessel of lard or other fat and used as a taper.

As a verb witch is

(obsolete) to practise witchcraft or witch can be to dowse for water.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?



Proper noun

(en proper noun)
  • A neopagan religion first popularised in 1954 by British civil servant , involving the worship of God and Goddess and the observance of eight Sabbats.
  • Hyponyms

    * Eclectic Wicca, Alexandrian Wicca, Gardnerian Wicca, Odyssean Wicca, Dianic Wicca, Celtic Wicca, Faery Wicca

    Derived terms

    * Wiccan, Wiccanism, Wiccanist *Wiccanize, Wiccanizing *Wiccaphobia, wiccaphobe

    See also

    * (Wicca) * (Witchcraft)




    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) wicche, from (etyl) .


  • A person who practices witchcraft; specifically:
  • #A woman who is learned in and actively practices witchcraft.
  • #*(rfdate) Shakespeare:
  • #*:He cannot abide the old woman of Brentford; he swears she's a witch .
  • #(label) A Wiccan.
  • # A man who practices witchcraft.
  • #*:
  • #*:Some of the kynges had merueyl of Merlyns wordes and demed well that it shold be as he said / And som of hem lough hym to scorne / as kyng Lot / and mo other called hym a wytche / But thenne were they accorded with Merlyn that kynge Arthur shold come oute and speke with the kynges
  • #*(rfdate) Wyclif Bible (Acts viii. 9)
  • #*:There was a man in that city whose name was Simon, a witch .
  • (label) An ugly or unpleasant woman.
  • :
  • :(Shakespeare)
  • One who exercises more-than-common power of attraction; a charming or bewitching person.
  • One given to mischief, especially a woman or child.
  • (label) A certain curve of the third order, described by Maria Agnesi under the name versiera .
  • The stormy petrel.
  • Any of a number of flatfish:
  • # (Torbay sole), found in the North Atlantic.
  • # (megrim), found in the North Atlantic.
  • #, found near New Zealand.
  • Synonyms
    * (female magic user) wizardess, sorceress * (male magic user) wizard, sorcerer, warlock * (an ugly or unpleasant woman) See ,
    Derived terms
    (terms derived from witch) * bewitch * cold as a witch's tit * man-witch * nonwitch * witch ball * witchcraft * witch doctor * witches' brew * witches' knickers * witches' Sabbath * witchfinder * witch grass * witch hazel * witch-hunt * witching hour * witchy


  • (obsolete) To practise witchcraft
  • 'It approaches the witching hour'.
  • To bewitch
  • To dowse for water
  • Derived terms
    * witcher

    See also

    (other terms of interest) * athame * black magic * channelling * chiromancer * coven * crystal ball * curse * enchantment * familiar * fortuneteller * galdur * grimoire * hex * hoodoo * jinx * lamia * medium * necromancy * occultism * palmist * poppet * Sabbath * Satanism * scry * shaman * sorcery * spell * talisman * tarot * warlock * wicca * wizard

    Etymology 2

    Compare wick.


  • A cone of paper which is placed in a vessel of lard or other fat and used as a taper.
  • English terms with homophones