[ in-kan-tey-shuhn ]
/ ˌɪn kænˈteɪ ʃən /
the chanting or uttering of words purporting to have magical power.
the formula employed; a spell or charm.
repetitious wordiness used to conceal a lack of content; obfuscation: Her prose too often resorts to incantation.
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Words nearby incantation
Origin of incantation
OTHER WORDS FROM incantationin·can·ta·tion·al, in·can·ta·to·ry [in-kan-tuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ɪnˈkæn təˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/, adjectivein·can·ta·tor, noun
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Example sentences 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|Maurice Maeterlinck
British Dictionary definitions for incantatory (1 of 2)
/ (ɪnˈkæntətrɪ) /
relating to or having the characteristics of an incantation
British Dictionary definitions for incantatory (2 of 2)
/ (ˌɪnkænˈteɪʃən) /
ritual recitation of magic words or sounds
the formulaic words or sounds used; a magic spell
Derived forms of incantationincantational, adjective
Word Origin for incantation
C14: from Late Latin incantātiō an enchanting, from incantāre to repeat magic formulas, from Latin, from in- ² + cantāre to sing; see enchant
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