Origin of incantation
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.
It is therefore of importance that we use in our incantation the martial part of my magical apparatus.The Magic of the Middle Ages|Viktor Rydberg
But the incantation would not work, probably because he could not keep his mind empty.Mr. Prohack|E. Arnold Bennett
The cacique had finished his incantation over the crossed feathers, and interred them properly.Lone Pine|R. B. (Richard Baxter) Townshend
I think, said Mrs. Temple, looking towards the wood, that Virginia's song acted as an incantation.Hansford: A Tale of Bacon's Rebellion|St. George Tucker
Merodach, by whose spells the sick are re stored, will inflict upon the guilty one a dropsy which no incantation can cure.
British Dictionary definitions for incantation
Word Origin for incantation
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).