bewitched

adjective be·witched \ bi-ˈwicht , bē- \
Updated on: 25 Feb 2018

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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First Known Use of bewitched

14th century



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