Sorceress vs Witch

Discussion in 'English Only' started by lobelia.ophrys, Feb 11, 2012.

  1. lobelia.ophrys

    lobelia.ophrys Senior Member

    Hello everybody,

    Could you tell me the difference between these two words, please?

    And also the difference with an ENCHANTRESS?!

    Thank you!
    Last edited: Feb 11, 2012
  2. JulianStuart

    JulianStuart Senior Member

    Sonoma County CA
    English (UK then US)
    There's not much difference between the first two in that they both use magic. Witch is used in senses where sorceress isn't (see the other definitions in the dictionary). Enchantress is a subset of sorceress, because it specifies only casting of spells of enchantment, and not the broader range of magic/sorcery.These are the general terms - I don't know if the "wiccan" community has its own set of definitions - perhaps one will reveal this!

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