bewitch

[ 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
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bewitch

/ (bɪˈwɪtʃ) /

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 bewitchment

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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