bewitching

[bih-wich-ing]

adjective

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)

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 formsbe·witch·er, nounbe·witch·er·y, nounbe·witch·ing·ness, nounbe·witch·ment, nounun·be·witched, adjective

Synonyms for bewitch

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Examples from the Web for bewitching

Contemporary Examples of bewitching

Historical Examples of bewitching

  • 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)

to attract and fascinate; enchant
to cast a spell over
Derived Formsbewitching, adjectivebewitchingly, adverb

Word Origin for bewitch

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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