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Probably the most widely known characteristic of a witch was the ability to cast a spell, "spell" being the word used to signify the means employed to carry out a magical action.
A spell could consist of a set of words, a formula or verse, or a ritual action, or any combination of these.
Witchcraft or witchery broadly means the practice of and belief in magical skills and abilities exercised by solitary practitioners and groups.
Witchcraft is a broad term that varies culturally and societally, and thus can be difficult to define with precision, The concept of witchcraft and the belief in its existence have persisted throughout recorded history.
Witch hunts, scapegoating, and killing or shunning of suspected witches still occurs in the modern era, with killings both of victims for their supposedly magical body parts, and of suspected witchcraft practitioners.It is most notably practiced in the Wiccan and modern witchcraft traditions, and no longer practices in secrecy.The Western mainstream Christian view is far from the only societal perspective about witchcraft.The folk magic used to identify or protect against malicious magic users is often indistinguishable from that used by the witches themselves."It is argued here that the medical arts played a significant and sometimes pivotal role in the witchcraft controversies of seventeenth century New England.