en·​chant·​ment | \ in-ˈchant-mənt How to pronounce enchantment (audio) , en-\

Definition of enchantment

1a : the act or art of enchanting
b : the quality or state of being enchanted As the newness of the projects wore off, however, their enchantment with the apartment faded.— Charles Whitaker
2 : something that enchants the enchantments of sailing
3 : a magic spell "Why would you be mad to try and rob Gringotts?" Harry asked. "Spells—enchantments," said Hagrid…— J. K. Rowling "She has made an enchantment over the whole country so that it is always winter here and never Christmas."— C. S. Lewis

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Examples of enchantment in a Sentence

Our enchantment faded when we found that the house needed even more repairs. the enchantment of a snowy field bathed in moonlight He writes about the dangers as well as the enchantments of sailing. stories about wizards and enchantments
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Unlike creature enchantments, equipment stays in play even if the creature is destroyed. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "How to Play 'Magic: The Gathering': Everything You Need to Know," 19 Feb. 2019 But even the most sober reporter would be entrapped by this island’s enchantments. Tamar Adler, Vogue, "The Young Farmers Behind Puerto Rico’s Food Revolution," 20 June 2018 People watching the parades in all their color, the stuntmen performing impossible feats, the gaiety, the music, measured their ordinary lives against this enchantment and ran away to join the circus. Dorothy Rabinowitz, WSJ, "When ‘The Circus’ Came to Town," 4 Oct. 2018 The Woody Allen figure in a Woody Allen movie is almost always in transit from one woman to another, impelled by a dialectic of enchantment, disappointment and reawakened desire. A. O. Scott, New York Times, "My Woody Allen Problem," 31 Jan. 2018 The Talking Heads were already in, according to some reviews, their African period -- which is kind of a slur on Africa – and that whole enchantment with African music was just beginning to blossom. Joe Lynch, Billboard, "Jon Hassell at 81: Visionary Composer-Trumpeter Reflects on a Half Century of Music on His Own Terms," 28 June 2018 Taken on their own easygoing terms, his collages re-create childlike mysteries and enchantments. Michael Robbins, chicagotribune.com, "'John Ashbery: They Knew What They Wanted' celebrates a poet and collagist who understood the value of fun," 9 May 2018 The story’s momentum flounders occasionally, with a little too much of Bob spinning in circles waiting on Livy and a couple of wooden plot machinations, but the ending is pure enchantment. Karen Valby, New York Times, "Turning Myths and Fairy Tales on Their Heads," 4 May 2018 An evening of excitement and enchantment all while supporting art and culture in the local community. Geoff Bruce, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Dine, bid, laugh and more at Cedarburg Cultural Center's annual Gala," 23 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of enchantment

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of enchantment

: a feeling of being attracted by something interesting, pretty, etc. : the state of being enchanted
: a quality that attracts and holds your attention by being interesting, pretty, etc.
: a magic spell

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