enchantments

enchantment

[en-chant-muhnt, -chahnt-]
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; Middle English enchantement < Anglo-French, Old French < Latin incantāmentum. See enchant, -ment


1. magic, sorcery, fascination, witchery. 3. spell, charm.
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enchantment (ɪnˈtʃɑːntmənt)
 
n
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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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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Enchantments definition


(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.)

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