be·​witch·​ing bi-ˈwi-chiŋ How to pronounce bewitching (audio)
: powerfully or seductively attractive or charming
a bewitching smile
her bewitching eyes
bewitchingly adverb
… I perceived in the captain's face that same bland, benevolent, and bewitchingly merry expression … Herman Melville

Examples of bewitching in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

1595, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bewitching was in 1595

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“Bewitching.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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