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enchantment

[en-chant-muhnt, -chahnt-]
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noun
  1. the art, act, or an instance of enchanting.
  2. the state of being enchanted.
  3. something that enchants: Music is an enchantment that never fails.
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Origin of enchantment

1250–1300; Middle English enchantement < Anglo-French, Old French < Latin incantāmentum. See enchant, -ment

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Related Words

fascination, magic, sorcery, charm, witchery, rapture, attraction, happiness, allurement, captivation

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  • Those who have Imagination live in a land of enchantment which the eyes of others cannot see.

    Ballads of a Bohemian

    Robert W. Service

  • Her mother began to feel an enchantment of peace in her presence.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • The feeling inspired by such conditions is that of enchantment.

    In the Heart of Vosges

    Matilda Betham-Edwards

  • We were absorbing what our hearts, if not our minds, called out for: the enchantment of Egypt.

    It Happened in Egypt

    C. N. Williamson

  • The only remains of this enchantment, these spells of the imagination, rest with you.


British Dictionary definitions for enchantment

enchantment

noun
  1. the act of enchanting or state of being enchanted
  2. a magic spell or act of witchcraft
  3. great charm or fascination
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Word Origin and History for enchantment

n.

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.

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