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bewitching

[bih-wich-ing]
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adjective
  1. enchanting; charming; fascinating.

Origin of bewitching

First recorded in 1555–65; bewitch + -ing2
Related formsbe·witch·ing·ly, adverbun·be·witch·ing, adjectiveun·be·witch·ing·ly, adverb

bewitch

[bih-wich]
verb (used with object)
  1. to affect by witchcraft or magic; cast a spell over.
  2. to enchant; charm; fascinate: The painter bewitched the crowd with his latest work.
verb (used without object)
  1. 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 formsbe·witch·er, nounbe·witch·er·y, nounbe·witch·ing·ness, nounbe·witch·ment, nounun·be·witched, adjective

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2. captivate, enrapture, transport.
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Examples from the Web for bewitching

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Historical Examples

  • The Countess bestowed on me one of her most bewitching smiles.

  • I dared not go near her lest they should think I was bewitching her.

    Things as They Are

    Amy Wilson-Carmichael

  • And Miss Van Harlem, in a bewitching wrapper, sat on the lounge and admired.

  • Then she favored me with another nod and a most bewitching smile.

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • The most exacting and bewitching of all professions was clamouring for him again.

    The Destroyer

    Burton Egbert Stevenson


British Dictionary definitions for bewitching

bewitch

verb (tr)
  1. to attract and fascinate; enchant
  2. to cast a spell over
Derived Formsbewitching, adjectivebewitchingly, adverb

Word Origin

C13 bewicchen; see be-, witch
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Word Origin and History for bewitching

bewitch

v.

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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