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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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  • He's bewitched me so's I have to kill whole families of flies for him to eat.

    The Little Colonel Annie Fellows Johnston
  • Indeed, it seemed as if there were something about the animal that bewitched people.

    Tanglewood Tales Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Then, Cousin, he was drugged or drunk or bewitched, not the Peter whom we know.

    Fair Margaret H. Rider Haggard
  • bewitched, perchance, by that bad woman, which is no excuse for him.

    Fair Margaret H. Rider Haggard
  • Hrunting is bewitched, laid under a spell of uselessness, along with all other swords.

    Beowulf Anonymous
  • He had bewitched me; I did feel capable of “making a fool of myself” for his sake.

    The First Violin Jessie Fothergill
  • Marto says the woman has bewitched him, and he is crazy about her.

    The Treasure Trail Marah Ellis Ryan
British Dictionary definitions for bewitched


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
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Word Origin and History for bewitched

late 14c. in the literal sense, past participle adjective from bewitch; figurative use from 1570s.



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.

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