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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Word Origin & History

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.

bewitched
late 14c. in the literal sense, pp. adj. from bewitch; figurative use from 1570s.
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Example sentences
Children, who had always figured largely in the felony of the age, made a
  profession of feigning the symptoms of the bewitched.
Initially intending to be weekend farmers, soon they are bewitched by the raw
  beauty of the place and move there permanently.
It bewitched the region's left, detaching large parts of it from a path of
  social democracy for a generation.
Surprisingly, he was relieved to know his results because all this time he felt
  he had been bewitched.
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