bewitch

[bih-wich]
verb (used with object)
1.
to affect by witchcraft or magic; cast a spell over.
2.
to enchant; charm; fascinate.

Origin:
1175–1225; Middle English biwicchen. See be-, witch

bewitcher, noun
bewitchery, noun
bewitchingness, noun
bewitchment, noun
unbewitched, adjective


2. captivate, enrapture, transport.
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bewitch (bɪˈwɪtʃ)
 
vb
1.  to attract and fascinate; enchant
2.  to cast a spell over
 
[C13 bewicchen; see be-, witch]
 
be'witching
 
adj
 
be'witchingly
 
adv

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bewitch
c.1200, biwicchen, from be- + O.E. wiccian "to enchant, to practice witchcraft" (see witch). Literal at first, figurative sense of "to fascinate" is from 1520s. *Bewiccian may well have existed in O.E., but it is not attested. Related: Bewitching.
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Example sentences
At its highest level, wine can bewitch and bewilder, transfix and inspire.
She continued to bewitch, bullying her at times reluctant acolytes with a maddening form of mystical dominion.
When ripe and ready to eat, the pear has a honeyed flavor and beckoning perfume that bewitch your senses.
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