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Actually, the word "witch" is a derivative of the Old English words "wicca" (pronounced "witch-ah", a male witch) and "wicce" (pronounced "witch-ay", a female witch). The word "witch" is the common syllable between the two, and henceforth is and always has been a gender-neutral term. When the word became modernized for modern English, the two roots were abandoned by our language, but the meaning remained the same. A witch is a practitioner of witchcraft, plain and simple. The word "warlock" is a mixture of Old English, Scottish, and Northern English, and comes from the word "wærloga" which just referred to a person who broke from the Church, and then became synonymous with the word "witch" amongst the common folk, since witches were also seen as people who rejected the Church. And since magic was seen as a diabolical act (diabolical: from the word "diablo" meaning "deivil/demon") that was also against the church, the two words were clumped together into synonymous boxes. It's a highly fascinating topic, actually!