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[bih-wich] /bɪˈwɪtʃ/
verb (used with object)
to affect by witchcraft or magic; cast a spell over.
to enchant; charm; fascinate:
The painter bewitched the crowd with his latest work.
verb (used without object)
to cause someone to be enchanted; cast a spell over someone:
She lost her power to bewitch.
Origin of bewitch
1175-1225; Middle English biwicchen. See be-, witch
Related forms
bewitcher, noun
bewitchery, noun
bewitchingness, noun
bewitchment, noun
unbewitched, adjective
2. captivate, enrapture, transport. Unabridged
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  • Clo tricked O'Reilly, and stole from him, and yet—I think she bewitched him.

    The Lion's Mouse C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
  • Indeed, it seemed as if there were something about the animal that bewitched people.

    Tanglewood Tales Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • That was why every movement of Lelechka's bewitched her mother.

  • Then, Cousin, he was drugged or drunk or bewitched, not the Peter whom we know.

    Fair Margaret H. Rider Haggard
  • The rough Scotch nobles owned that there was in Mary "some enchantment whereby men are bewitched."

    History of the English People John Richard Green
  • bewitched, perchance, by that bad woman, which is no excuse for him.

    Fair Margaret H. Rider Haggard
  • After that, he seemed to be ill again, and signified that she had bewitched him again, and he must scratch her again.

British Dictionary definitions for bewitched


verb (transitive)
to attract and fascinate; enchant
to cast a spell over
Derived Forms
bewitching, adjective
bewitchingly, adverb
Word Origin
C13 bewicchen; see be-, witch
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Word Origin and History for bewitched

late 14c. in the literal sense, past participle adjective from bewitch; figurative use from 1570s.



c.1200, biwicchen, from be- + Old English 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 Old English, but it is not attested. Related: Bewitched; bewitching; bewitchingly.

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