Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act of bewitching.
  • n. The power to bewitch.
  • n. The state of being bewitched.
  • n. A bewitching spell.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The characteristic of being bewitched.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of bewitching, or the state of being bewitched.
  • n. The power of bewitching or charming.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Fascination; power of charming; the effects of witchcraft.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a magical spell

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Examples

  • The love that drives him increasingly looks like something baser and less flattering--a kind of bewitchment he seems helpless against, though it comes from within.

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  • Magic spells, poisons, potions and enchantments may be frequent plot devices at the ballet, but the art form itself is under a bewitchment of its own making.

    Vitro Nasu » 2009 » May

  • Many Malawians hold similar beliefs about the possibility of bewitchment, and we had heard numerous disturbing tales involving children and witchcraft from other clients in the clinic.

    Chi Mgbako: Aiding Children Accused of Witchcraft

  • Gillian Anderson's version of the duchess the former Wallis Warfield Simpson, begins as a bewitchment and ends like the strike of a rattlesnake.

    Where the Time Goes

  • And yet in Julian Mitchell's exemplary adaptation it glides on to the stage scented with the peculiar tang of Ford's writing: a mixture of regret, bitterness, bewilderment and bewitchment.

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  • What the local people saw as bewitchment he saw as mental stress.

    Spellbound

  • Its prevalence is not the result of a recent word transfer or innovation, but reflects the preservation of an ancient verb root of persistent meaning that dates back to the proto-Bantu period of the early third millennium BCE. 56 In other words, the idea of bewitchment has retained its current meaning and linguistic form for at least 5,000 years.

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  • This sickness is often brought on by bewitchment and not from their choice to refuse a condom.

    Education In-Service Training « Peace Corps South Africa

  • “I believe art should exist solely for purposes of transformation, the bewitchment of all humankind.”

    Cilli Wang.

  • Accusations of bewitchment are rarely based on sound evidence or fact, but are often motivated through fear, superstition, jealousy, envy and spite.

    Can Pagans Liberate The 'Witch' Word?

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