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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 of enchantment
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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  • And yet in my whole life I have observed nothing more doting on itself: a strange infatuation and enchantment of pride!

    No Cross, No Crown William Penn
  • Her mother began to feel an enchantment of peace in her presence.

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • In fact, the whole spectacle seemed like a vision of enchantment.

  • It seemed to Wrayson that they had passed into a veritable land of enchantment.

    The Avenger E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • The rough Scotch nobles owned that there was in Mary "some enchantment whereby men are bewitched."

    History of the English People John Richard Green
  • Her gown was exquisite, the touch of her fingers an enchantment.

    The Avenger E. Phillips Oppenheim
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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