enchantment

noun
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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Recent Examples on the Web Sounds so mesmerizing, so intoxicating, so wrought with possibility and enchantment. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: A 346-team NCAA tournament? Here’s why it shouldn’t, and won’t, happen," 9 Sep. 2020 Of course, a baby feels it when her arrival is greeted with cries of enchantment! Ellen Pall, The New York Review of Books, "To Recover Mother," 25 Aug. 2020 Enchantment: An enchantment also works like a spell or sorcery, but instead stays in play indefinitely until your opponent can find a way to dispel it. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "How to Play 'Magic: The Gathering': Everything You Need to Know," 11 Aug. 2020 Artifact: An artifact works in much the same way as an enchantment, but is instead a card that usually represents a physical object rather than a magical spell. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "How to Play 'Magic: The Gathering': Everything You Need to Know," 11 Aug. 2020 That timing gives the beloved fable of imagination, liberation and rebirth renewed enchantment. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Secret Garden': Film Review," 5 Aug. 2020 The foul mudammas could turn out inedible; the rental in Italy may be found wanting; Claire’s Knee may lose its enchantment. André Aciman, Town & Country, "How a Pandemic Brought Us Back to the Table," 18 June 2020 Karla Erickson, a sociologist at Grinnell College who studies human-machine relations, pointed out that companies have marketed these devices by creating a sense of enchantment, portraying them as otherworldly, futuristic, promising. Travis M. Andrews, Washington Post, "Alexa, just shut up: We’ve been isolated for months, and now we hate our home assistants," 1 July 2020 Ryan has created a world of enchantment that is both innately familiar and uniquely magical. Erin Entrada Kelly, New York Times, "In an Enchanted World, Echoes of Today’s Political Dramas," 3 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of enchantment

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

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“Enchantment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enchantment. Accessed 19 Sep. 2020.

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enchantment

noun
How to pronounce enchantment (audio)

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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