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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 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
enchantment
c.1300, from O.Fr. enchantement, from enchanter "bewitch, charm," from L. incantare, lit. "chant (a magic spell) upon," from in- "upon, into" + cantare "to sing." Cf. O.E. galdor "song," also "spell, enchantment," from galan "to sing," source of the second element in nightingale.
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