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obeah (religious cult)

Definition:

a religious belief of African origin involving witchcraft and sorcery; practiced in parts of the West Indies and tropical Americas

Class:

cognition noun (cognitive processes and contents)

Plural:

obeahs

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Synonyms:

obi

Etymology:

Black and West Indian English, of West African origin; akin to Efik ubio,...
(Source: American Heritage Dictionary)  [more]

All senses of obeah...

Definition references

Wikipedia:

Obeah

a term used in the West Indies to refer to folk magic, sorcery, and religious practices derived from West African, and specifically Igbo origin. Obeah is similar to other African derived religions including Palo, Voodoo, Santería, rootwork, and most... (39 of 2603 words)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Obeah

Collins Dictionary:

obeah | obi | obiism [noun, derived]

another word for "obi" [entry-specific] | a kind of witchcraft originating in Africa and practised by some West Indians | a charm or amulet used in ... (24 of 244 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/obeah

American Heritage Dictionary:

obeah | obeahs [plural] | obis [plural]

A form of religious belief of African origin, practiced in some parts of the West Indies, Jamaica, and nearby tropical America, involving sorcery. | ... (23 of 68 words, 2 definitions)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/obeah

Merriam-Webster:

obeah | Obeah | obi

a system of belief among blacks chiefly of the British West Indies and the Guianas that is characterized by the use of magic ritual to ward off ... (27 of 60 words, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/obeah

Oxford Dictionary:

obeah | obi

a kind of sorcery practised especially in the Caribbean (9 of 42 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/obeah

Random House Dictionary:

obeah | obi [sense-specific]

a form of belief involving sorcery, practiced in parts of the West Indies, South America, the southern U.S., and Africa. | a fetish or charm used in ... (26 of 36 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/obeah

New World Dictionary:

obeah [United States]

a form of magic or witchcraft practiced by natives of Guiana, and formerly also in parts of the South and in the West Indies (24 of 30 words)

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Wiktionary:

obeah | obeahs [plural] | obi | obea | oby | obia

A form of folk magic, medicine or witchcraft originating in Africa and practiced in parts of the Caribbean. (18 of 26 words, pronunciations)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/obeah

Britannica Encyclopedia:

obi [clothing accessory]

wide sash or belt made of satin or a stiff silk material, worn since ancient times in Japan to secure the kimono. A woman's obi is about 12 feet long ... (30 of 81 words)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/423757​/obi

Columbia Encyclopedia:

cult

ritual observances involved in worship of, or communication with, the supernatural or its symbolic representations. A cult includes the totality of ... (21 of 463 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/society​/A​0814231​.html

Macmillan British Dictionary:

cult [countable] | cults [plural]

a religious group, especially one with beliefs that most people consider strange or dangerous | [formal] a religious system in which people worship a ... (23 of 111 words, 4 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/cult

cult [only before noun, adjective]

very popular with a particular group of people (8 of 36 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/cult 12

Cambridge Dictionary:

cult [entry 1]

a religious group, often living together, whose beliefs are considered extreme or strange by many people | a particular system of religious belief (22 of 46 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/cult 1

cult [entry 2, singular]

someone or something that has become very popular with a particular group of people (14 of 29 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/cult 2

cult [entry 3]

liked very much by a particular group of people (9 of 25 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/cult 3

Encarta Dictionary:

obeah | obeahs [plural] | obi [religion]

a religion that involves witchcraft, originally practiced in Africa and surviving now in parts of the Caribbean | an object believed to have magical ... (23 of 49 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861684237​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

American Heritage Dictionary:

obeah | obeahs [plural] | obis [plural]

Origin: Black and West Indian English, of West African origin; akin to Efik ubio, anything noxious, something put in the ground to ... (21 of 27 etymology words)

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Wiktionary:

obeah | obeahs [plural] | obi | obea | oby | obia

Origin: Origin uncertain. Apparently from a Caribbean creole, probably ultimately from a West African language. The OED points to Igbo abià ("knowledge, wisdom"), obìa ("doctor, healer").

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/obeah

Merriam-Webster:

obeah | Obeah | obi

First use: about 1711

Origin: of African origin; akin to Ibo díbìà folk healer

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/obeah

Collins Dictionary:

obeah | obi

Origin: of West African origin; compare Edo obi poison

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/obeah

Oxford Dictionary:

obeah | obi

Origin: Akan, from bayi "sorcery"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/obeah

New World Dictionary:

obeah [United States]

Origin: of West African originally

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/obeah

Encarta Dictionary:

obeah | obeahs [plural]

First use: Mid-18th century

Origin: Twi ōbayifo

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861684237​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

obeah | obi

Audio: British English pronunciation of "obeah"

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the Free Dictionary:

obeah

Audio 1: British English pronunciation of "obeah"

Audio 2: North American English pronunciation of "obeah" by speech synthesizer

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Google Dictionary:

obeah

Audio: English pronunciation of "obeah"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

obeah

Audio: North American pronunciation of "obeah"

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YourDictionary Audio:

obeah

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "obeah"

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