be·​witched | \ bi-ˈwicht How to pronounce bewitched (audio) , bē- \

Definition of bewitched

: 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

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Examples of bewitched in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Harvey recounts the onset of her sleep disorder in a faux-scientific case study; a few pages later, her telling of the death, by neglect, of her childhood dog has the bewitched sparseness of a fable. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, "The Late-Night Revelations in a Memoir of Insomnia," 4 June 2020 At the opening of Act II, set in the bewitched castle of the sorcerer Klingsor, Mr. Nézet-Séguin tore into the heaving music with searing fervor. Anthony Tommasini, New York Times, "Review: A Conductor Delivers a Magnificent ‘Parsifal’ at the Met," 6 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of bewitched

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Bewitched.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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