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 If black joy is revolutionary, then black enchantment is paradigm shifting. Idrissa Simmonds-nastili, Vogue, 18 May 2021 The next hour of narrow wildness on Highway 1 was an enchantment, deliriously close to turquoise waters swathed in intermittent mist. Washington Post, 2 July 2021 As Alioth claims a triumphant, laughing Classic Loki — who understands his glorious purpose at last — Sylvie and Loki channel a tremendous enchantment power in a scene that's both powerful and a bit romantic. Lauren Morgan, EW.com, 7 July 2021 This is why a visit to Paris' top sights is simply not enough — to truly get a sense of the city, take to the streets where the essence and enchantment of Paris is most felt. Evie Carrick, Travel + Leisure, 2 July 2021 Science writer Philip Ball is among those who counter that enchantment and modernity aren’t incompatible. Michael Saler, WSJ, 24 June 2021 Steven Spielberg, a filmmaker synonymous with big-screen enchantment, has set a new deal with Netflix in which his production company, Amblin Partners, will make multiple feature films per year for the streaming giant. Jake Coyle, The Christian Science Monitor, 22 June 2021 Seeing the two women’s bodies, Sam felt a form of enchantment. Michele Filgate, Los Angeles Times, 30 June 2021 Channeling her lifelong enchantment with animals, Heffernan stages unique situations to anthropomorphize these creatures in playful, sometimes political, often histrionic, narratives. Natasha Gural, Forbes, 29 May 2021

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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 20 Sep. 2021.

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More Definitions for enchantment

enchantment

noun

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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