incantation

[in-kan-tey-shuhn]
noun
1.
the chanting or uttering of words purporting to have magical power.
2.
the formula employed; a spell or charm.
3.
magical ceremonies.
4.
magic; sorcery.
5.
repetitious wordiness used to conceal a lack of content; obfuscation: Her prose too often resorts to incantation.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English < Late Latin incantātiōn- (stem of incantātiō), equivalent to incantāt(us) past participle of incantāre to put a spell on, bewitch (see enchant, -ate1) + -iōn- -ion

incantational, incantatory [in-kan-tuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] , adjective
incantator, noun


4. witchcraft, black magic, wizardry.
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incantation (ˌɪnkænˈteɪʃən)
 
n
1.  ritual recitation of magic words or sounds
2.  the formulaic words or sounds used; a magic spell
 
[C14: from Late Latin incantātiō an enchanting, from incantāre to repeat magic formulas, from Latin, from in-² + cantāre to sing; see enchant]
 
incan'tational
 
adj

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incantation
late 14c., from O.Fr. incantation (13c.), from L. incantationem (nom. incantatio) "art of enchanting," from incantus, pp. of incantare "bewitch, charm," lit. "sing spells" (see enchantment).
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Example sentences
For too long we've been told how to remember this day through endless
  ceremonies and incantations.
It has its elaborate, formalized incantations, its holy slogans.
He can create a mood by using words as incantations.
He cures the sick by the laying of hands, and payers and incantations and
  heavenly songs.
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