en·​sor·​cell in-ˈsȯr-səl How to pronounce ensorcell (audio)
variants or ensorcel
ensorcelled or ensorceled; ensorcelling or ensorceling
ensorcellment noun

Examples of ensorcell in a Sentence

a dense, dark forest that is the scene for many a tale in which some unsuspecting traveler is ensorcelled by a witch or wizard
Recent Examples on the Web With its slow turn toward inanity, the sketch also satirized the romantic tolls of war and the ease with which dissatisfied citizens can be ensorcelled by demagogues. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, 6 Oct. 2019 Featuring a young girl casting a spell over the object of her affection, tarot cards and love potions come into play as the juvenile witch dresses up maturely to meet her ensorcelled date. Tamar Herman, Billboard, 12 Jan. 2018 The poems leapt off the page: ungoverned, astronomical, astrological, indigenous (but from where?), witty, ensorcelling, and brave. Lucie Brock-Broido, The New Yorker, 4 Feb. 2017

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Word History


Middle French ensorceler, alteration of Old French ensorcerer, from en- + -sorcerer, from sorcier, sorcer sorcerer — more at sorcery

First Known Use

circa 1541, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ensorcell was circa 1541

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Cite this Entry

“Ensorcell.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ensorcell. Accessed 30 May. 2024.

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