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incantation

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noun in·can·ta·tion \ˌin-ˌkan-ˈtā-shən\

Simple Definition of incantation

  • : a series of words used to make something magic happen

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of incantation

  1. :  a use of spells or verbal charms spoken or sung as a part of a ritual of magic; also :  a written or recited formula of words designed to produce a particular effect

incantational

play \-shnəl, -shə-nəl\ adjective

incantatory

play \in-ˈkan-tə-ˌtōr-ē, -ˌtȯr-\ adjective

Examples of incantation in a sentence

  1. trying to produce a miracle by incantation

  2. <hovering over the sick child, the witch doctor muttered mysterious incantations>



Did You Know?

Incantation comes directly from the Latin word incantare, "enchant". Incantare itself has cantare as a root, which reminds us that magic and ritual have always been associated with chanting and music. Incantations have often been in strange languages; "Abracadabra" is a not-so-serious version of an incantation.

Origin and Etymology of incantation

Middle English incantacioun, from Middle French incantation, from Late Latin incantation-, incantatio, from Latin incantare to enchant — more at enchant


First Known Use: 14th century



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