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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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British Dictionary definitions for enchantments

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 enchantments

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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enchantments in the Bible

(1.) The rendering of Hebrew _latim_ or _lehatim_, which means "something covered," "muffled up;" secret arts, tricks (Ex. 7:11, 22; 8:7, 18), by which the Egyptian magicians imposed on the credulity of Pharaoh. (2.) The rendering of the Hebrew _keshaphim_, "muttered spells" or "incantations," rendered "sorceries" in Isa. 47:9, 12, i.e., the using of certain formulae under the belief that men could thus be bound. (3.) Hebrew _lehashim_, "charming," as of serpents (Jer. 8:17; comp. Ps. 58:5). (4.) Hebrew _nehashim_, the enchantments or omens used by Balaam (Num. 24:1); his endeavouring to gain omens favourable to his design. (5.) Hebrew _heber_ (Isa. 47:9, 12), "magical spells." All kinds of enchantments were condemned by the Mosaic law (Lev. 19:26; Deut. 18:10-12). (See DIVINATION.)

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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