be·witch·ing | \bi-ˈwi-chiŋ, bē-\

Definition of bewitching 

: powerfully or seductively attractive or charming a bewitching smile her bewitching eyes

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Other Words from bewitching

bewitchingly adverb
… I perceived in the captain's face that same bland, benevolent, and bewitchingly merry expression … — Herman Melville

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In fact, Timmins notes, the photo was taken more than a year after Carter’s initial discovery and was heavily staged to exude the aura of a mystically bewitching find. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Rare Photographs Put Focus on Egyptians Who Worked Alongside Carter to Excavate Tutankhamun’s Tomb," 9 July 2018 Everyone remains fascinated by him—the life is compelling, the person bewitching, the canvases impossible to turn away from—but nobody agrees on why. Stephen Metcalf, The Atlantic, "Jean-Michel Basquiat Is Still an Enigma," 24 June 2018 British singer-songwriter Beth Orton’s trademark sound dating to 1996’s sterling debut Trailer Park blended acoustic folk with buzzing electronic textures in an often bewitching mix., "Paul Simon, Harry Styles, FringeA-Thon, Wiggle Wiggle Wiggle! Tour, and other happening in Philadelphia, June 15-22," 14 June 2018 But each one reinforces, complicates or undermines the others in a bewitching feat of theme and variation that is rich in emotion, suspense and humor. Sebastian Smee,, "With 'Kudos,' Rachel Cusk completes a literary masterpiece," 30 May 2018 Backlit by a bewitching blend of blue and soft yellow, the crucifix seems to levitate. Lily Janiak, San Francisco Chronicle, "‘Shesus’ lives — and rocks — in Ray of Light’s ‘Superstar’," 19 May 2018 Here is a novel of bewitching ingenuity, one whose darkling, melodic mind conceives a world of ruin and awe, a sensibility cast in sepia or else in a pall of vying grays. Tadzio Koelb, New York Times, "Step 1: Kill Husband. Step 2: Assume His Identity.," 11 May 2018 Denis’s foray into the often-goofy world of the rom-com is at once a cold bath of realism and a bewitching portrait of the power of love—however fleeting that feeling may be. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Let the Sunshine In Is a Very French Romantic Comedy," 29 Apr. 2018 Awayland, by Ramona Ausubel: A bewitching collection of stories that hop between the real and the ridiculous. Kepler’s Books, San Francisco Chronicle, "Recommendations from Kepler’s Books," 12 Apr. 2018

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1595, in the meaning defined above

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