warlock O.E. wærloga "traitor, liar, enemy," from wær "faith, a compact" (Cf. O.H.G. wara "truth," O.N. varar "solemn promise, vow;" see VERY (Cf. very); Cf. also VARANGIAN (Cf. Varangian)) + agent noun related to leogan "to lie" (see LIE (Cf. lie) (v.1)). Original primary sense seems to have been "oath-breaker;" given special application to the devil (c.1000), but also used of giants and cannibals. Meaning "one in league with the devil" is recorded from c.1300. Ending in -ck and meaning "male equivalent of witch" (1560s) are from Scottish.

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