Mage or Witch? What’s the difference?

Mage, Witch, Warlock, Wizard, Sorcerer.

Don’t they all basically do the same thing? They say a spell and that’s magic. But I’m confused and I’m dragging you down with me 😛

According to Oxford Dictionaries and my good friend since my Google Blogger blog, Wikipedia…


A magician or learned person.

(Oxford Dictionaries)

Now, what is a learned person? Could any learned person be a mage? Like say, a professional volleyball player. They are learned, aren’t they? Could they be a mage?

A mage is… a practitioner of magic, the ability to attain objectives or acquire knowledge or wisdom using supernatural means.


Wiki had other definitions but I chose that one that says “Magician (paranormal)”.


A woman thought to have magic powers, especially evil ones, popularly depicted as wearing a black cloak and pointed hat and flying on a broomstick.


An edible North Atlantic flatfish.

(Oxford Dictionaries)

Most commonly probably NOT the latter.

A witch is…one that is credited with usually malignant supernatural powers; especially: a woman practicing usually black witchcraft often with the aid of a devil or familiar : sorceress – compare warlock


Basically both Oxford Dictionaries and Wiki agree on the definition of witch: witches are evil.


A man who practices witchcraft; a sorcerer.

(Oxford Dictionaries)

Okay, so a warlock is a male witch. That would contradict with the “Harry Potter” series because I remember the contrast was between a witch and a wizard, not a warlock.

A warlock is a male practitioner of evil magic (distinguished from a wizard or sorcerer, whose magic may be benign).


This definition makes sense because we know a witch is evil. So the male equivalent would also be evil.


(in legends and fairy tales) a man who has magical powers.

(Oxford Dictionaries)

This definition specifically reminds us that wizards are fictional. Idk why Oxford Dictionaries is worried about our sanity.

A wizard is just a man with magical powers. Doesn’t sound synonymous to “warlock” which is a man who “practices witchcraft”.

Wait, so if you practice witchcraft, you don’t have magical powers?

A wizard is… a practitioner of magic.


Again I selected “Wizard (paranormal)” from their list of definitions. Wikipedia chooses to be non-gender specific.


A person who claims or is believed to have magic powers; a wizard.

(Oxford Dictionaries)

Now they’re saying a PERSON. Non-gender specific. Just any normal person.

But they are also saying it can be a wizard, which is gender-specific.

They also said, a warlock is a sorcerer.

sorcerer is… a practitioner of magic, the ability to attain objectives or acquire knowledge or wisdom using supernatural means


For the definition of sorcerer, I was given the definition of magician (paranormal) which is the same one for mage. This would mean, in Wiki’s eyes, a sorcerer and a mage are the same thing.



Warlock = Sorcerer

Sorcerer = Wizard

That makes warlock and wizard synonymous no matter what anyone else says. So that means a warlock and a wizard are the same thing. Right?

But then Wiki says,

Sorcerer = Mage

Warlock = Witch

Wizard is just someone who does magic so you could say a “learned person” is a wizard as well. That means Mage = Wizard if you combine Wiki and Oxford.


Witch is evil. (I know people who practice Wicca are called witches sometimes. I’m NOT saying you’re evil. I’m only following the fantasy-fiction definition.)

Mage is a learned person.

Sorcerer, Wizard, and Warlock are all basically the same thing.

Wikipedia and Oxford Dictionaries are both confus.

I think.

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