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Witch, subst. 1) a woman who practises sorcery: Tp. I, 2, 258. Tp. I, 2, 258 V, 269. Wiv. IV, 2, 88. Wiv. IV, 2, 88 Wiv. IV, 2, 88 Wiv. IV, 2, 88 Wiv. IV, 2, 88 Wiv. IV, 2, 88 IV, 5, 120. IV, 5, 120 Err. I, 2, 100. III, 2, 149. III, 2, 149 IV, 3, 80. IV, 4, 151. Ado II, 1, 186. H6A I, 5, 6 (one who could draw a witch's blood was free from her power). H6A I, 5, 6 II, 1, 18. III, 2, 38. V, 3, 34. H6B I, 2, 75. H6B I, 2, 75 II, 1, 172. II, 3, 7. R3 III, 4, 72. Troil. II, 1, 46 “(thou stool for a w.).” Mcb. I, 3, 6. IV, 1, 23 “(--es' mummy).” Hml. I, 1, 163. Lr. III, 4, 129. Ant. IV, 2, 37 (the w. take me, if I meant it thus).
Term of reproach for an old and ugly woman: “a mankind w.” Wint. II, 3, 67. “the cripple tardy-gaited night who like a foul and ugly w. doth limp so tediously away,” H5 IV Chor. 21; Troil. IV, 2, 12. “foul wrinkled w.” R3 I, 3, 164. “the w. shall die,” Ant. IV, 12, 47.
2) a male sorcerer: “I could find in my heart to stay here still and turn w.” Err. IV, 4, 160. “out, fool, I forgive thee for a w.” Ant. I, 2, 40 (cf. the proverb: you'll never be burnt for a witch). Cymb. I, 6, 166.
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