Voodoo definition

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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.
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(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.

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Voodoo means to affect what happens by using charms or sorcery.

An example of voodoo is to put a magic spell on someone.

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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.

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A religion of West African origin practiced chiefly in Haiti and other Caribbean countries, based on animism, magic, and elements of Roman Catholic ritual, and characterized by belief in a supreme God and a large pantheon of local and tutelary deities, deified ancestors, and saints, who communicate with believers in dreams, trances, and ritual possessions.
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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.

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A practitioner, priest, or priestess of voodoo.
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To place under the influence of a spell or curse; bewitch.
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Of or relating to the beliefs or practices of voodoo.
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Based on unrealistic or delusive assumptions.

Voodoo economics.

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A person who practices voodoo.
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A religion of the Ewe/Fon of West Africa, practiced chiefly in Benin.
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Any of a group of related religious practices found chiefly in and around the Caribbean, particularly in Haiti and Louisiana.
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(pejorative) Any sort of magical or irrational approach to a problem.

I want a real explanation, not this statistical voodoo.

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(dated) One who practices voodoo; a native sorcerer.
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To bewitch someone or something using voodoo.

He claimed his neighbor had voodooed him.

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Deceptive or delusive nonsense.
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A voodoo charm, fetish, curse, etc.
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Of voodoos or voodooism.
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To affect by voodoo magic.
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Alternative Forms

Alternative Form of voodoo - vodun, voudou, vodoun

Origin of voodoo

  • Louisiana French voudou from Ewe vodu Fon vodun

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Louisiana French voudou, from Haitian Creole vodou, from West African, such as Ewe (Dahomey and Togo) vódũ ‘deity, idol’, Fon vodū ‘fetish’, vodun, Kwa vodũ.

    From Wiktionary