Witchcraft vs Voodoo - What's the difference?

witchcraft | voodoo |

As nouns the difference between witchcraft and voodoo

is that witchcraft is the practice of witches; magic, sorcery or the use supernatural powers to influence or predict events while voodoo is a religion of the ewe/fon of west africa, practiced chiefly in benin.

As a verb voodoo is

to bewitch someone or something using.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?



  • The practice of witches; magic, sorcery or the use supernatural powers to influence or predict events.
  • * 1387 , John Trevisa (transl.), Polychronicon Ranulphi Higden Monachi Cestrensis , chapter XLIV:
  • And in þat ilond is sortilege and wicchecraft i-vsed. For wommen þere selliþ schipmen wynde, as it were i-closed vnder þre knottes of þrede, so þat þe more wynd he wol haue, he wil vnknette þe mo knottes.
    Wiccans believe in a modernised form of witchcraft .

    See also

    * spellcraft * gypsycraft English words suffixed with -craft



    (wikipedia voodoo)


  • A religion of the Ewe/Fon of West Africa, practiced chiefly in Benin.
  • Any of a group of related religious practices found chiefly in and around the Caribbean, particularly in Haiti and Louisiana.
  • (pejorative) Any sort of magical or irrational approach to a problem.
  • I want a real explanation, not this statistical voodoo .
  • (dated) One who practices voodoo; a native sorcerer.
  • * 1889 , Longman's Magazine (volume 14, page 557)
  • So a reporter of the Boston Herald (U.S.) has 'interviewed' a few local Voodoos . He has seen a dance round a boiling pot, seen some tomfoolery with spiders, and heard a lot of superstitious nonsense.

    Alternative forms

    * (religion of Africa or the Americas) vodoun, voudoun, vodun, voudou, Voodoo


    * (religion) voodooism

    Derived terms

    * voodoo death * voodoo doll * voodoo economics * voodooism * voodooist * voodoo programming * voodoo science


    (en verb)
  • To bewitch someone or something using
  • He claimed his neighbor had voodooed him.

    See also

    * hoodoo * (Haitian Vodou) * (West African Vodun) ----