bewitch

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v bewitch cast a spell over someone or something; put a hex on someone or something
    • v bewitch attract strongly, as if with a magnet "She magnetized the audience with her tricks"
    • v bewitch attract; cause to be enamored "She captured all the men's hearts"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Bewitch To charm; to fascinate; to please to such a degree as to take away the power of resistance; to enchant. "The charms of poetry our souls bewitch ."
    • Bewitch To gain an ascendency over by charms or incantations; to affect (esp. to injure) by witchcraft or sorcery. "See how I am bewitched ; behold, mine arm
      Is like a blasted sapling withered up."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • bewitch To subject to the influence of witchcraft; affect by witchcraft or sorcery; throw a charm or spell over.
    • bewitch To charm; fascinate; please to such a degree as to take away the power of resistance.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Bewitch be-wich′ to affect by witchcraft (mostly malignantly): to fascinate or charm
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Quotations

  • William Shakespeare
    William%20Shakespeare
    “I am bewitched with the rogue's company. If the rascal have not given me medicines to make me love him, I'll be hanged.”
  • Francis Bacon
    Francis%20Bacon
    “None of the affections have been noted to fascinate and bewitch but envy.”
  • Henry Ward Beecher
    Henry%20Ward%20Beecher
    “Laughter is day, and sobriety is night; a smile is the twilight that hovers gently between both, more bewitching than either.”
  • Napoleon Bonaparte
    Napoleon%20Bonaparte
    “There is no class of people so hard to manage in a state, as those whose intentions are honest, but whose consciences are bewitched.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Any man with a fine shock of hair, a good set of teeth, and a bewitching smile can park his brains, if he has any, and run for public office.”

Usage

In literature:

How did you ever beguile or bewitch Andrew Reefer into giving you an interview?
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1907 to 1908" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
She will bewitch you, and off you will all go.
"Queensland Cousins" by Eleanor Luisa Haverfield
The motions of this bird were most bewitching; his flight the perfection of grace.
"In Nesting Time" by Olive Thorne Miller
How she had bewitched him!
"Frank Merriwell's Son" by Burt L. Standish
He's still staring at the organ, as though my bit of playing had bewitched him.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
Granny Withers thought the girl bewitched.
"Blue Ridge Country" by Jean Thomas
Jack, who was a gallant fellow, went straight up to her, when, with a bewitching smile, she asked him how he came there.
"Children's Literature" by Charles Madison Curry
The carriage continued moving nearly all day, but as if bewitched, for it always returned to the stone column.
"Fairy Tales of the Slav Peasants and Herdsmen" by Alexander Chodsko
He had been bewitched, utterly bewitched, and he knew it.
"Antony Gray,--Gardener" by Leslie Moore
He must have learned magic when he was in India, and he has bewitched her!
"Her Mother's Secret" by Emma D. E. N. Southworth
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In poetry:

Bewitching ill, indors'd with hope;
Subscribed with despair:
Ugly in death, when eyes are ope,
Though life may paint it fair.
"The Believer's Principles : Chap. V." by Ralph Erskine
Her little sweet hath many sours,
Short hap immortal harms;
Her loving looks are murd'ring darts,
Her song bewitching charms.
"Love's Servile Lot" by Robert Southwell
Of ev'ry ship which daily files,
Adown the stream by the sunny isles;
Where with them all fame flies and smiles
Bewitchingly.
"Biographia" by Samuel Alfred Beadle
How should he know the wily witch,
With sweet white face and raven hair?
Who by her art bewitched his heart
And held him there.
"Morgan le Fay" by Madison Julius Cawein
She bewitched me in my childhood,
And the witch's charm is hidden--
Far beyond the wicked wildwood
I shall find it, I am bidden.
"Pre-Ordination" by Madison Julius Cawein
Sighed heavily in his high-born breast
As Mrs. Margery was set free,
Saying, "I know she is a witch,
For, ah, she so bewitches me!"
"Goody Two-Shoes" by Clara Doty Bates

In news:

Communique Out to Defend Bewitch Title.
Bewitch winner Communique is out of the BC Filly & Mare Turf.
IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE' Wong Kar-wai's bewitching melodrama on the nature of romance as seen through the eyes of a man and woman being cheated on by their respective spouses.
'Dark Shadows' actress and former Memphian Lara Parker still bewitches.
Here are eight books that make you long for a bewitching yet unachievable romance right from page one.
Most of us dug a shovel into the soil the first time because a plant bewitched us.
For more than half her life, actress Emma Watson has bewitched audiences as Hermione Granger, a pivotal character in the Harry Potter film franchise, based on author J.K. Rowling's beloved series.
Myriad Portland spirits have conspired in raising the much-anticipated new production of Lorem Ipsum, an elegant, bewitchingly multi-medial staging of and around Henrik Ibsen 's Ghosts.
In hindsight, June Christy's bewitching Ballads for Night People can be perceived as vaguely prescient of Nancy Marano 's most recent endeavor, Sure Thing (Blue Port J007.
Six Eye Columbia Bewitched Frowny Frown.
Wrinkled up her nose in a way that either looks like a sneer or is adorably reminiscent of Samantha from "Bewitched".
They always had muscle-bound dudes flexing their pecs, bewitching damsels draped in gauzy garb and conniving despots seated on gilded thrones.
More generally known as ayahuasca, a word I found bewitching, it was said to make its users prescient, if not telepathic.
At the Marni boutique in Tokyo, Sybarite UK played with bewitching signature elements.
Boise State's trickery bewitches OU in No.
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