enchantment

noun

en·​chant·​ment in-ˈchant-mənt How to pronounce enchantment (audio)
en-
1
a
: 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

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
Recent Examples on the Web The destination's historic collection of ornate, Victorian-style buildings adds an element of enchantment and grandeur to the scenic backdrop. Zoe Baillargeon, Travel + Leisure, 10 May 2024 As the echoes of the Met Gala’s enchantment reverberated through the streets of New York City, the pressure was on to create a soirée that could match the splendor of the main event. Grace Bukunmi, Essence, 8 May 2024 Part of that disarming enchantment comes from the contemplative loop-like quality of the duo’s songwriting. Leah Lu, Rolling Stone, 25 Apr. 2024 Artifacts and enchantment cards Casting an artifact or enchantment spell and then attaching the spell to a creature will enhance that creature’s abilities. Bailey Gates, Chicago Tribune, 19 July 2023 Her films, although typically set in or near the present day, are suffused with an almost primordial air of fairy-tale enchantment. Justin Chang, The New Yorker, 28 Mar. 2024 Projection designer Daniel Brodie conjures enchantment with an impish wink, but visually the show is nothing to look at. Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times, 15 Feb. 2024 By now, the sweetest fairy tale of them all has gotten a princess' share of big-screen outings, to varying degrees of enchantment. EW.com, 4 Mar. 2024 Hocus Pocus 2 originally planned to take Thora Birch away into the sequel's land of enchantment. EW.com, 30 Oct. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of enchantment was in the 13th century

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“Enchantment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enchantment. Accessed 26 May. 2024.

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enchantment

noun
en·​chant·​ment in-ˈchant-mənt How to pronounce enchantment (audio)
1
: the act or art of enchanting : the state of being enchanted
2
: something that enchants : spell

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