- the chanting or uttering of words purporting to have magical power.
- the formula employed; a spell or charm.
- magical ceremonies.
- magic; sorcery.
- repetitious wordiness used to conceal a lack of content; obfuscation: Her prose too often resorts to incantation.
Origin of incantation
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Examples from the Web for incantation
It is hard to make out exactly what she is saying, but her words act almost like an incantation.Giovanni Zoppé’s Real-Life Family Circus
October 21, 2012
The incantation that had never yet failed of its hated purpose was pronounced in vain.Imogen
This door should only open to the incantation of "Taraporevala."Jan and Her Job
L. Allen Harker
No; this was the incantation reserved for souls athirst for fame, of virtue emulous.
Had the Sirens only to utter this one incantation, and was every listener constrained to stay?
By the command of Anu, Anatum, and Belit, recite the incantation.The Religion of Babylonia and Assyria
- ritual recitation of magic words or sounds
- the formulaic words or sounds used; a magic spell
Word Origin and History for incantation
late 14c., from Old French incantacion "spell, exorcism" (13c.), from Latin incantationem (nominative incantatio) "art of enchanting," noun of action from past participle stem of incantare "bewitch, charm," literally "sing spells" (see enchantment).