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[bih-wich] /bɪˈwɪtʃ/
verb (used with object)
to affect by witchcraft or magic; cast a spell over.
to enchant; charm; fascinate:
The painter bewitched the crowd with his latest work.
verb (used without object)
to cause someone to be enchanted; cast a spell over someone:
She lost her power to bewitch.
Origin of bewitch
First recorded in 1175-1225, bewitch is from the Middle English word biwicchen. See be-, witch
Related forms
bewitcher, noun
bewitchery, noun
bewitchingness, noun
bewitchment, noun
unbewitched, adjective
2. captivate, enrapture, transport. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for bewitch
Historical Examples
  • Their name, their garb, and work did so intoxicate and bewitch me.'


    James Anthony Froude
  • Through the witchcraft by means of which she has bewitched me, bewitch thou her.

  • And she showed us some of the dancing steps and they just bewitch you.

    A Little Girl in Old Salem

    Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • Now, it may be that Mrs. Treacher had also allowed Vashti to bewitch her.

    Major Vigoureux A. T. Quiller-Couch
  • And Gal 3, 1, "Who did bewitch you that ye should not obey the truth?"

  • Besides, she is a perfect Circe, in her power to bewitch men.

    The Red Lottery Ticket Fortun Du Boisgobey
  • "Some kings are easier to bewitch than others," remarked the magician, wisely.

  • An' all the time, whatever she's doin', she'd bewitch you with her smile an' her pretty ways.

    Shifting Sands Sara Ware Bassett
  • Like foxes and badgers, they are able to bewitch human beings.

    Myths & Legends of Japan

    F. Hadland (Frederick Hadland) Davis
  • You think I had to lie to them, to deceive them, to bewitch them.

    The Leatherwood God William Dean Howells
British Dictionary definitions for bewitch


verb (transitive)
to attract and fascinate; enchant
to cast a spell over
Derived Forms
bewitching, adjective
bewitchingly, adverb
Word Origin
C13 bewicchen; see be-, witch
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for bewitch

c.1200, biwicchen, from be- + Old English wiccian "to enchant, to practice witchcraft" (see witch). Literal at first, figurative sense of "to fascinate" is from 1520s. *Bewiccian may well have existed in Old English, but it is not attested. Related: Bewitched; bewitching; bewitchingly.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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