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Thursday, July 29, 2004

ensorcell

\en-SOR-suhl\ , transitive verb;
1.
To enchant; to bewitch.
Quotes:
Had she tried to ensorcell him with a charm spell?
-- Kate Novak and Jeff Grubb, Finder's Bane
That was a very serious accusation to make, and Gruffydd realized he'd gone too far; he had no proof whatsoever that Joanna had ever used the Black Arts to ensorcell his father.
-- Here be Dragons, Sharon Kay Penman
I have been a journalist too long to be ensorcelled by conspiracy theories.
-- Nat Hentoff, Speaking Freely
Origin:
Ensorcell comes from Middle French ensorceler, alteration of Old French ensorcerer, from en-, intensive prefix + sorcier, "sorcerer."
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