Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To enchant; bewitch.

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  • verb transitive to bewitch or enchant someone.
  • verb transitive to wrap or bind with a thrown rope.

Etymologies

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

[French ensorceler, from Old French ensorcerer, ensorceler : en-, intensive pref.; see en– + sorcier, sorcerer; see sorcerer.]

Examples

  • Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, the Disney film is based on the famous section of Fantasia where Mickey Mouse tries to ensorcell a broom to do his chores.

    Can 'Inception' Save Hollywood's Summer?

  • Labels: change, climate change, Dahl, ensorcell, global warming, global weirding, safire, thermohaline posted by John McGrath @ 10: 38 AM 0 Comments

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  • “You'll never ensorcell anyone again, weaver . . . especially helpless young men!”

    Sir Apropos of Nothing

  • “You'll never ensorcell anyone again, weaver . . . especially helpless young men!”

    Sir Apropos of Nothing

  • “You'll never ensorcell anyone again, weaver . . . especially helpless young men!”

    Sir Apropos of Nothing

  • It was too soon. vShe could not ensorcell an entire country, not without help.

    The Harp of Imach Thyssel

  • So she sware to him that she would not do him any hurt or ensorcell him, and bidding bring him a fine horse, saddled and bridled with a golden bridle and decked with trappings all of gold set with jewels, gave the old man a thousand dinars saying, Use this.’’

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Accordingly they all went in to the king and prostrating themselves before him, said to him, "O king, beware lest this youth ensorcell thee with his sorcery and beguile thee with his wiles.

    Arabian nights. English

  • So she sware to him that she would not do him any hurt or ensorcell him, and bidding bring him a fine horse, saddled and bridled with a golden bridle and decked with trappings all of gold set with jewels, gave the old man a thousand dinars saying, "Use this. '' [

    Arabian nights. English

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  • To enchant or bewitch.

    December 22, 2007

  • I wonder what the etymology is...

    December 22, 2007

  • Clearly it's from the Middle French ensorceler.

    December 22, 2007

  • "Obama, like the preternaturally gifted young heroes in mythical tales, is still learning to channel his force. He can ensorcell when he has to, and he has viral appeal. Who else could alchemize a nuanced 40-minute speech on race into must-see YouTube viewing for 20-year-olds?"

    The New York Times, "Surrender Already, Dorothy," by Maureen Down, March 30, 2008

    March 31, 2008

  • This image confounds him, ensorcells him. The painter is captivated, stirred. Anais Nin "Hedja" from "Under the Glass Bell".

    February 10, 2013