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[en-chant-muh nt, -chahnt-] /ɛnˈtʃænt mənt, -ˈtʃɑnt-/
the art, act, or an instance of enchanting.
the state of being enchanted.
something that enchants:
Music is an enchantment that never fails.
Origin of enchantment
1250-1300; Middle English enchantement < Anglo-French, Old French < Latin incantāmentum. See enchant, -ment
1. magic, sorcery, fascination, witchery. 3. spell, charm. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • enchantments were believed to be operated by means of goats, and other monsters, which were always represented with a goat's head.

    A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 5 (of 10) Franois-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
  • Your body flutters like a rich curtain before the door of enchantments.

    Fantazius Mallare Ben Hecht
  • The enchantments are supplanted by a Spirit proceeding from that Father, a Spirit of truth.

    The Gospel of St. John Frederick Denison Maurice
  • Her body fluttering like a rich curtain before the door of enchantments.

    Fantazius Mallare Ben Hecht
  • Their enchantments in this case seem to have had no favorable effect.

  • She was like a curtain fluttering before the door of enchantments.

    Fantazius Mallare Ben Hecht
  • Again, it was a part of the system of witchcraft that drawing blood from a witch rendered her enchantments ineffectual.

    Folk-lore of Shakespeare Thomas Firminger Thiselton-Dyer
  • Bring it to me and I will place it like a gate before the door of enchantments.

    Fantazius Mallare Ben Hecht
  • But the Black Forest made good its reputation for enchantments.

    The Car That Went Abroad Albert Bigelow Paine
  • Carl's own home was not adapted to the enchantments of a boy's reading.

    The Trail of the Hawk Sinclair Lewis
British Dictionary definitions for enchantments


the act of enchanting or state of being enchanted
a magic spell or act of witchcraft
great charm or fascination
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for enchantments



late 13c., from Old French encantement, from enchanter "bewitch, charm," from Latin incantare, literally "enchant, cast a (magic) spell upon," from in- "upon, into" (see in- (2)) + cantare "to sing" (see chant (v.)). Figurative sense of "alluring" is from 1670s. Cf. Old English galdor "song," also "spell, enchantment," from galan "to sing," source of the second element in nightingale.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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enchantments in the Bible

(1.) The rendering of Hebrew _latim_ or _lehatim_, which means "something covered," "muffled up;" secret arts, tricks (Ex. 7:11, 22; 8:7, 18), by which the Egyptian magicians imposed on the credulity of Pharaoh. (2.) The rendering of the Hebrew _keshaphim_, "muttered spells" or "incantations," rendered "sorceries" in Isa. 47:9, 12, i.e., the using of certain formulae under the belief that men could thus be bound. (3.) Hebrew _lehashim_, "charming," as of serpents (Jer. 8:17; comp. Ps. 58:5). (4.) Hebrew _nehashim_, the enchantments or omens used by Balaam (Num. 24:1); his endeavouring to gain omens favourable to his design. (5.) Hebrew _heber_ (Isa. 47:9, 12), "magical spells." All kinds of enchantments were condemned by the Mosaic law (Lev. 19:26; Deut. 18:10-12). (See DIVINATION.)

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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