Word of the Week: Witch

The word witch is a noun and defined as a person (especially a woman) who is credited with having usually malignant supernatural powers. First used in the 16th century, the term witch derives from the Old English word wicca, which is akin to the Middle High German term wicken. The original term did not differentiate between feminine and masculine; however, today, the term witch is almost exclusively applied to women.

Popular witches in today’s pop culture include Sabrina Spellman from the Archie Comics series Sabrina the Teenage Witch and Professor Minerva McGonagall from the Harry Potter series. 

“witch,” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary

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