Desmond crucible vocabulary

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torment, frighten or harm through supernatural means

afflict

to make a formal agreement with Satan. The usual terms are a person's soul in return for wealth, power or other earthly gain.

compact with the Devil

group of witches and one leader

coven

severe test; a vessel used for refining and purifying some material (gold, for example) under intense heat.

crucible

the fiend, Lucifer, Satan: Christian names for the supreme spirit of evil.

the Devil

evil spirit or demon that serves a witch. Familiars were believed to take the shape of small animals such as cats, dogs, birds, toads, or mice

familiar spirit

term used to identify the mistress of a household; similar to the term "Mrs."; short for "goodwife"

Goody

phenomenon that overtook the town of Salem in 1692. through the power of suggestion, many people came to believe the town was overrun by witches. Also called "the madness."

hysteria/mass hysteria

making accusations based on little or no evidence, like the charges Senator Joseph McCarthy made against suspected Communists in the 1950's

McCarthyism

government in which religious authorities rule the state as God's representatives

theocracy

to conjure up through spells or have communication with demons, ghosts, or other supernatural creatures

traffick with spirits

from the Anglo-Saxon word "wicce," meaning sorceress, a person said to practice black magic

witch

an intensive effort to expose disloyalty, usually based on little or no evidence

witch-hunt

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