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enchantment

[en-chant-muh nt, -chahnt-] /ɛnˈtʃænt mənt, -ˈtʃɑnt-/
noun
1.
the art, act, or an instance of enchanting.
2.
the state of being enchanted.
3.
something that enchants:
Music is an enchantment that never fails.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English enchantement < Anglo-French, Old French < Latin incantāmentum. See enchant, -ment
Synonyms
1. magic, sorcery, fascination, witchery. 3. spell, charm.
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Examples from the web for enchantment
  • Both were a form of magic, both were a game of intricate enchantment and deception.
  • The only enchantment, however, is the one that put some part of your brain to sleep for so many years.
  • No demon or magus possesses him, no enchantment holds him.
  • In this disenchanted world, they re-enchant you, not in a falsely sweet or obvious way but in a special form of enchantment.
  • It has the enchantment of a bank after hours, of a honeycomb emptied of honey and flooded with a soft glow.
  • enchantment, invention, wit-you could carry that too.
  • Now, if the same transformation can be worked on their husbands and lovers, the enchantment will be complete.
  • Art and luxury have early learned that they must work as enchantment and sequel to this original beauty.
  • The horses did not tarry, but fate had been quicker than enchantment.
  • As to the winged horse, there was no enchantment about him.
British Dictionary definitions for enchantment

enchantment

/ɪnˈtʃɑːntmənt/
noun
1.
the act of enchanting or state of being enchanted
2.
a magic spell or act of witchcraft
3.
great charm or fascination
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Word Origin and History for enchantment
n.

late 13c., from Old French encantement, from enchanter "bewitch, charm," from Latin incantare, literally "enchant, cast a (magic) spell upon," from in- "upon, into" (see in- (2)) + cantare "to sing" (see chant (v.)). Figurative sense of "alluring" is from 1670s. Cf. Old English galdor "song," also "spell, enchantment," from galan "to sing," source of the second element in nightingale.

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