envoûtement

noun en·voûte·ment \äⁿvütmäⁿ\

Definition of envoûtement

plural

envoûtements

\-mäⁿ(z)\
  1. :  the magical practice of using an image or likeness of a person to influence his actions or destiny usually with malevolent intent

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Origin and Etymology of envoûtement

French, from Middle French envoutement, from envouter to cast a spell on, practice envoûtement on (from Old French, from en- 1en- + vout face, image, from Latin vultus face) + -ment


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