- 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
Examples from the Web for incantatory
He conducts this ceremony with the greatest solemnity, occasionally pronouncing these incantatory words, "Plate or shell, sah?"Physiology of The Opera
John H. Swaby (AKA "Scrici")
I then perceived for the first time in my life the mysterious, incantatory, supernatural powers of great eloquence.The Wrack of the Storm
- relating to or having the characteristics of an incantation
- ritual recitation of magic words or sounds
- the formulaic words or sounds used; a magic spell
Word Origin and History for incantatory
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).