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A man who practises witchcraft; a sorcerer. In Old English wǣrloga meant ‘traitor, scoundrel, monster’, and also ‘the Devil’, from wǣr ‘covenant’ + an element related to lēogan ‘belie, deny’. From its application to the Devil, the word was transferred in Middle English to a person in league with the devil, and hence a sorcerer. It was chiefly Scots until given wider currency by Sir Walter Scott.

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