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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Robbie has few lines, but her resonance carries a lasting, eerie enchantment. Los Angeles Times, "How Sharon Tate transfixed Hollywood, 50 years before ‘Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood’," 25 July 2019 What’s destructive, and eventually benumbing, is the kitchen-sink clutter of fantasy, reality, wish-fulfillment and glib enchantment. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘The Kid Who Would Be King’ Review: Some Brief, Shining Moments," 24 Jan. 2019 Among the enchantments are the foods of summer: lemonade on a patio, a cold cocktail on a rooftop, endless blueberries for picking, a salad on a restaurant deck strung with lights. Polly Campbell, Cincinnati.com, "Here's what you need to eat (and drink) in Cincinnati this summer," 13 June 2019 For $97 a ticket, enchantment—across genres—ceases to be fiction. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "The Star Wars Park Is a Space-Junk Fantasy," 5 June 2019 Indeed, doing their part to feed the evening’s enchantments were case upon case of Dolce & Gabbana’s statement-making baubles; guests could amire (in the flesh) the very jewels pictured in the book. Marley Marius, Vogue, "Queens, Alta Moda Di Dolce & Gabbana," 13 Mar. 2019 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

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First Known Use of enchantment

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

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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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