- The definition of voodoo is related to the religion of the West Indies associated with charms and sorcery, or a solution to a problem which really does not solve the problem.
- An example of voodoo used as an adjective is in the phrase "voodoo practices," which means the practices of this West Indies religion.
- An example of voodoo used as an adjective is in the phrase "voodoo economics," which means economic techniques which don't improve the economy.
- Voodoo is defined as a religion of the West Indies associated with practices of charms and sorcery.
An example of voodoo is a belief in curses and spells.
- Voodoo means to affect what happens by using charms or sorcery.
An example of voodoo is to put a magic spell on someone.
A voodoo doll.
voodoo definition by Webster's New World
- a religion of the West Indies, esp. Haiti, based on beliefs and practices of African and Roman Catholic origin, and noted for its interest in sorcery, charms, and fetishes
- a person who practices voodoo
- a voodoo charm, fetish, curse, etc.
Origin: Creole French of West African origin, originally , as in Ewe (Dahomey and Togo) vodu, fetish, demon
- of voodoos or voodooism
- Informal claimed or reputed to provide an ingenious or seemingly magical solution to a problem, but in reality of little value, effectiveness, etc.: voodoo economics, voodoo diet plans
voodoo definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun pl. voo·doos
- A religion practiced chiefly in Caribbean countries, especially Haiti, syncretized from Roman Catholic ritual elements and the animism and magic of slaves from West Africa, in which a supreme God rules a large pantheon of local and tutelary deities, deified ancestors, and saints, who communicate with believers in dreams, trances, and ritual possessions. Also called vodoun.
- A charm, fetish, spell, or curse holding magic power for adherents of voodoo.
- A practitioner, priest, or priestess of voodoo.
- Deceptive or delusive nonsense.
- Of or relating to the beliefs or practices of voodoo.
- Based on unrealistic or delusive assumptions: voodoo economics.
Origin: Louisiana French voudou, from Ewe vodu and Fon vodun.