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

  • n. The act of enchanting.
  • n. The state of being enchanted.
  • n. Something that enchants.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of enchanting or the feeling of being enchanted.
  • n. Something that enchants; a magical spell.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of enchanting; the production of certain wonderful effects by the aid of demons, or the agency of supposed spirits; the use of magic arts, spells, or charms; incantation.
  • n. The effect produced by the act; the state of being enchanted.
  • n. That which captivates the heart and senses; an influence or power which fascinates or highly delights.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The pretended art or act of producing effects by the invocation or aid of demons or the agency of spirits; the use of magic arts, spells, or charms; incantation; that which produces magical results
  • n. The state or condition of being enchanted, literally or figuratively; especially, a very delightful influence or effect; a sense of charm or fascination.
  • n. That which enchants or delights; the power or quality of producing an enchanting effect.
  • n. Synonyms Charm, fascination, magic, spell, sorcery, necromancy, witchery, witchcraft.
  • n. Rapture, transport, ravishment.

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

  • n. a psychological state induced by (or as if induced by) a magical incantation
  • n. a magical spell
  • n. a feeling of great liking for something wonderful and unusual


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  • Even at the filthy commercial end of the process, enchantment is possible; for every writer knows, there has to be the invisible snagging trick at the beginning, a kind of promise to their reader.

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  • Essentially, evocation and enchantment is it for wizards now.

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  • Nobody can understand our literature, our poetry if the power of enchantment is removed from the word.

    Miguel Angel Asturias - Nobel Lecture

  • The danger of enchantment is that it can quickly cloy, but Herbert’s version of it never did.

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  • This is the opposite of addiction: one might call it enchantment.

    World Wide Mind

  • F.T.B. 20, 81.) (b) Enchanted creatures: fish jumps back into the water after being cooked; pigeons fly away after being cooked; hero enchants animals in the wilds by music; hero by enchantment is made to forget and desert his wife and child; cow gives milk all day without bearing young, and her dung is golden.

    Tales of the Punjab

  • They had many glamorous nights on the roof, nights that recalled the enchantment of those hours under the Aurora, nights of severe mental reservation on Marcella's part, all unsuspected by Louis.


  • The instant wherein that supreme quality of beauty, the clear radiance of the esthetic image, is apprehended luminously by the mind which has been arrested by its wholeness and fascinated by its harmony is the luminous silent stasis of esthetic pleasure, a spiritual state very like to that cardiac condition which the Italian physiologist Luigi Galvani, using a phrase almost as beautiful as Shelley's, called the enchantment of the heart.

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  • But the enchantment was the reverse of that of Circe; for so far was there from being any thing sensual in it, that I was all mind.

    Life of Johnson

  • But the enchantment was the reverse of that of Circé; for so far was there from being any thing sensual in it, that I was _all mind_.

    Life of Johnson, Volume 3 1776-1780


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  • Well, I've never lived in either state, but I've visited Florida, and although I enjoyed it, I don't think I could ever live there. On the other hand, what you're saying about New Mexico is similar to what I've heard from others, so I'm not surprised. :-)

    March 6, 2007

  • No, it's funny, and I just moved here in May of last year. From FLORIDA, no less, which is a much more famous paradise. Maybe I just took the beaches for granted, having grown up with them. But from the moment I entered New Mexico, something just clicked. It's like no other place I've been before. I don't know that I'll be here forever, but it's hard for me to imagine ever leaving. I'll certain enjoy it as long as I can.

    March 5, 2007

  • U, do you write for the department of tourism, by chance? ;-)

    Some day, I swear, I will make it to New Mexico.

    March 5, 2007

  • New Mexico is known as the Land of Enchantment, and it's easy to see why. As soon as you cross the border into the state, the scenery changes dramatically. It's a place of untamed wilderness, wide open spaces, and dramatic mountain cliffs and canyons. With a pleasant climate year-round, it attracts adventurers from around the world: from rock-climbing to spelunking to hot-air ballooning, there's something for everyone.

    The locals refer to it as the Land of Entrapment, because once you've been here, you'll never want to leave.

    March 5, 2007