Definition of Obeah

1. Noun. (West Indies) followers of a religious system involving witchcraft and sorcery.

Exact synonyms: Obi
Generic synonyms: Cult
Category relationships: The Indies, West Indies



2. Noun. A religious belief of African origin involving witchcraft and sorcery; practiced in parts of the West Indies and tropical Americas.
Exact synonyms: Obi
Generic synonyms: Cult, Cultus, Religious Cult

Definition of Obeah

1. n. Same as Obi.

Definition of Obeah

1. Noun. A form of folk magic, medicine or witchcraft originating in Africa and practiced in parts of the Caribbean. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Obeah

1. a form of sorcery of African origin [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Obeah

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obduracy
obdurate
obdurated
obdurately
obdurateness
obduratenesses
obdurates
obduration
obdurations
obdure
obdured
obdures
obduring
obe
obeah (current term)
obeah doctor
obeah doctors
obeahed
obeahing
obeahism
obeahisms
obeahs
obeast
obeasts
obeche
obeches
obechi
obedible
obedience

Literary usage of Obeah

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1. Publications by Folklore Society (Great Britain) (1893)
"The police had suspected him of being an obeah-man, and his possession of this little figure proved it. Ellis was tried on the nth May before NS Haughton, ..."

2. Folklore by Folklore Society (Great Britain) (1893)
"THE mystery with which the professors of "obeah" have always surrounded ... The term obeah is now become in Jamaica the general term to denote those ..."

3. Memoirs of Father Ripa During Thirteen Years' Residence at the Court of by Matteo Ripa (1855)
"This Adam of whom she complained is a most dangerous fellow ; he has been long suspected of being connected with obeah men, and is the terror of all his ..."

4. Ethiopia in Exile: Jamaica Revisited by Bessie Pullen-Burry (1905)
"To those whose notions are vague as to what is implied by the word " obeah" I would recommend an acquaintance with Mr. Hesketh Bell's book entitled, "obeah. ..."

5. Journal of a Residence Among the Negroes in the West Indies by Matthew Gregory Lewis (1861)
"This Adam of whom she complained is a most dangerous fellow ; he has been long suspected of being connected with obeah men, and is the terror of all his ..."

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