be·​witch·​ment | \ bi-ˈwich-mənt How to pronounce bewitchment (audio) , bē- \

Definition of bewitchment

1a : the act or power of bewitching
b : a spell that bewitches
2 : the state of being bewitched

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Examples of bewitchment in a Sentence

the hope that there was some bewitchment that would turn their jerky son-in-law into a prince while stuck in traffic, I could have used a bit of bewitchment to clear the road of other drivers
Recent Examples on the Web One depends on a set of abstract rules; the other on a sequence of mutual bewitchments. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, "The Field Guide to Tyranny," 16 Dec. 2019 Here, where both land and life are flat, the privations of rural teenage existence yield wild and elemental bewitchments. New York Times, "9 New Books We Recommend This Week," 1 June 2017

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First Known Use of bewitchment

circa 1616, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of bewitchment was circa 1616

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31 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Bewitchment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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