|1.||ritual recitation of magic words or sounds|
|2.||the formulaic words or sounds used; a magic spell|
|[C14: from Late Latin incantātiō an enchanting, from incantāre to repeat magic formulas, from Latin, from |
words uttered in a set formula with magical intent. The correct recitation, often with accompanying gestures, is considered to unleash supernatural power. Some societies believe that incorrect recitation can not only nullify the magic but cause the death of the practitioner.
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