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

Examples of bewitched in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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,, 10 Mar. 2021 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, 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, 6 Feb. 2018

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14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Bewitched.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2022.

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