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enchanting

[en-chan-ting, -chahn-]
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adjective
  1. charming; captivating: an enchanting smile.
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Origin of enchanting

First recorded in 1545–55; enchant + -ing2
Related formsen·chant·ing·ly, adverb

enchant

[en-chant, -chahnt]
verb (used with object)
  1. to subject to magical influence; bewitch: fairytales about witches who enchant handsome princes and beautiful maidens.
  2. to delight to a high degree: Her gaiety and wit have enchanted us all.
  3. to impart a magic quality or effect to.
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Origin of enchant

1325–75; Middle English < Anglo-French, Middle French enchanter < Latin incantāre to put a spell on; see incantation
Related formsun·en·chant·ed, adjective

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Contemporary Examples of enchanting

Historical Examples of enchanting

  • Triumphant as you are over my heart, dear enchanting Olivia!

  • You could not believe that you were not the first mortal that had ever found his way into the enchanting desert.

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    William Godwin

  • But enchanting as they were, they found not the avenue to his heart.

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    William Godwin

  • Its presence sufficed to give the clearing an enchanting charm.

  • Hobart, which up to 1881 was called Hobart Town, has a most enchanting situation.


British Dictionary definitions for enchanting

enchanting

adjective
  1. pleasant; delightful
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Derived Formsenchantingly, adverb

enchant

verb (tr)
  1. to cast a spell on; bewitch
  2. to delight or captivate utterly; fascinate; charm
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Derived Formsenchanter, nounenchantress, fem n

Word Origin for enchant

C14: from Old French enchanter, from Latin incantāre to chant a spell, from cantāre to chant, from canere to sing
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Word Origin and History for enchanting

enchant

v.

late 14c., literal and figurative, from Old French enchanter "bewitch, charm, cast a spell" (12c.), from Latin incantare (see enchantment). Or perhaps a back-formation from enchantment. Related: Enchanting; enchantingly. Enchanted in weakened sense of "delighted" is from 1590s.

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