be·​witch·​ment | \bi-ˈwich-mənt, 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

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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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