Definition of incantation
: a use of spells or verbal charms spoken or sung as a part of a ritual of magic; also : a written or recited formula of words designed to produce a particular effect
incantationalplay \ˌin-ˌkan-ˈtā-shnəl, -shə-nəl\ adjective
incantatoryplay \in-ˈkan-tə-ˌtōr-ē, -ˌtȯr-\ adjective
Examples of incantation in a Sentence
trying to produce a miracle by incantation
hovering over the sick child, the witch doctor muttered mysterious incantations
Recent Examples of incantation from the Web
Almost all groups launching ICOs reiterate some version of this idea to potential buyers, in part as a kind of incantation to ward off financial regulators.
Clyde breaks from his incantation just long enough to yell.
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Did You Know?
Incantation comes directly from the Latin word incantare, "enchant". Incantare itself has cantare as a root, which reminds us that magic and ritual have always been associated with chanting and music. Incantations have often been in strange languages; "Abracadabra" is a not-so-serious version of an incantation.
INCANTATION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of incantation for English Language Learners
: a series of words used to make something magic happen
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