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WARLOCK

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Originally appearing in Volume V28, Page 326 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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WARLOCK, a wizard, sorcerer or magician (see MAGIC). The word in O. Eng. is wcerloga, literally "a liar against the truth," from wet., truth, cognate with Lat. verism (cf. Ger. wahr), and Toga, liar, from Mogan, to lie (cf. Ger. lugen). It was thus used with the meaning of a traitor, deceiver, a breaker of a truce. In M. Eng. it is found as a name for the devil (warloghe), the arch liar and deceiver. The use of the word for a sorcerer or wizard, one whose magic powers are gained by his league with the devil, seems to be a northern English or Scottish use.
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