[<< wiktionary] counter-magic
== English ==


=== Alternative forms ===
countermagic


=== Etymology ===
From counter- +‎ magic.


=== Pronunciation ===
(UK) IPA(key): /ˈkaʊntəˌmadʒɪk/


=== Noun ===
counter-magic (uncountable)

Magic used to counteract or protect against a spell or enchantment.
1971, Keith Thomas, Religion and the Decline of Magic, Folio Society 2012, p. 563:
After 1736 when the possibility of formal prosecution was no longer open, villagers turned to informal violence, counter-magic and the occasional lynching.

2017, Ronald Hutton, The Witch, Yale University Press 2018, p. 25:
The Lisu of the northern Thai highlands feared witchcraft acutely but relied on service magicians or private counter-magic to keep them at bay.