bewitched

adjective

be·​witched bi-ˈwicht How to pronounce bewitched (audio)
bē-
: controlled or affected by or as if by a magic spell
… as if he were not my great-grandfather at all but some mournful, bewitched old huntsman from a storybook, tongue-tied by the bad fairy, unable to speak.Donna Tartt
As though the ship were bewitched, from the moment they left Saybrook everything went wrong.Elizabeth George Speare
: influenced, attracted, or charmed as if by magic
was bewitched by her beauty
Until his death at 36, Byron continued a course of sybaritic abandon, traveling with an entourage bewitched by his escapades and terrified by his mood swings and violent temper.Kathryn Harrison

Examples of bewitched in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This is more like a bewitched hell. Dodie Kazanjian, Vogue, 10 Mar. 2022 The All Souls trilogy by Deborah Harkness serves as the inspiration for this show, which follows a historian who discovers a bewitched manuscript during a trip to the library. Samantha Olson, Seventeen, 17 Mar. 2023 Eventually the charges escalated beyond bewitched puddings. Barbara Spindel, WSJ, 22 Nov. 2022 And the bewitched fairy queen Titania and pompous actor Bottom, who Puck temporarily transforms into a donkey, exhibit their spellbound attraction with a wacky twerk-and-grind dance. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 Aug. 2022 Marques, whose works explore the stories of her Cuban ancestors, drops us into the darkest part of a fairy tale: Her bewitched or undead characters stride off into the air or open their arms helplessly. Cate McQuaid, BostonGlobe.com, 21 June 2022 Mertens shifted his feet, played a one-two with Victor Osimhen on the periphery of the area, played another give-and-go with Kalidou Koulibaly and pushed the ball past a bewitched Torino back line. Emmet Gates, Forbes, 18 Oct. 2021 Liberal Democrats remain bewitched by the siren song of compromise for its own sake—the aim that generations of political scientists, lawmakers, and presidents hailed as the unique genius of the American constitutional order. Chris Lehmann, The New Republic, 15 Sep. 2021 But there was a very fun, Goonies-style set piece involving Señor Scratchy, who was Agatha's familiar, turning into a sort of demon bunny and chasing the kiddos, Monica, and Ralph around the bewitched basement. Devan Coggan, EW.com, 10 Mar. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bewitched was in the 14th century

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“Bewitched.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bewitched. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

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