enchant

Definitions

  • LOOKING THROUGH A CREVICE OF THE ENCHANTED MESA
    LOOKING THROUGH A CREVICE OF THE ENCHANTED MESA
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v enchant cast a spell over someone or something; put a hex on someone or something
    • v enchant attract; cause to be enamored "She captured all the men's hearts"
    • v enchant hold spellbound
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: New Mexico is known as the "Land of Enchantment."
    • Enchant To charm by sorcery; to act on by enchantment; to get control of by magical words and rites. "And now about the caldron sing,
      Like elves and fairies in a ring, Enchanting all that you put in."
      "He is enchanted , cannot speak."
    • Enchant To delight in a high degree; to charm; to enrapture; as, music enchants the ear. "Arcadia was the charmed circle where all his spirits forever should be enchanted ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • enchant To practise sorcery or witchcraft on; subdue by charms or spells; hold as by a spell; bewitch.
    • enchant To impart a magical quality or effect to; change the nature of by incantation or sorcery; bewitch, as a thing.
    • enchant To delight in a high degree; charm; fascinate.
    • enchant Synonyms Enchant, Charm, Fascinate, captivate, enrapture, carry away. To fascinate is to bring under a spell, as by the power of the eye; to enchant and to charm are to bring under a spell by some more subtle and mysterious power. This difference in the literal affects also the figurative senses. Enchant is stronger than charm. All generally imply a pleased state in that which is affected, but fascinate less often than the others.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Enchant en-chant′ to act on by songs or rhymed formulas of sorcery: to charm: to delight in a high degree
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Quotations

  • Virgil
    Virgil
    “Trust not too much to an enchanting face.”
  • Logan Pearsall Smith
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    “What's more enchanting than the voices of young people, when you can't hear what they say?”
  • Plato
    Plato
    “Whatever deceives men seems to produce a magical enchantment.”
  • Lord Byron
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    “Life's enchanted cup sparkles near the brim.”
  • James Redfield
    James Redfield
    “Life is really about a spiritual unfolding that is personal and enchanting -- an unfolding that no science or philosophy or religion has yet fully clarified.”
  • W. H. Auden
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    “A false enchantment can all too easily last a lifetime.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. enchanter, L. incantare, to chant or utter a magic formula over or against one, to bewitch; in, in, against + cantare, to sing. See Chant, and cf. Incantation
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. enchanter—L. incantāre, to sing a magic formula over—in, on, cantāre, to sing.

Usage

In literature:

The Enchanted Kingdom presented a strangely orderly view.
"Phyllis" by Dorothy Whitehill
There was an enchantment about the rain on the roof that people who slept in less celestial bowers never got to know.
"The Servant Problem" by Robert F. Young
I think that would be enchanting.
"Clair de Lune" by Michael Strange
They walked round all four sides of it, and were enchanted with its beautiful occupants pants.
"Marjorie's Busy Days" by Carolyn Wells
The little girl would have thought herself in an enchanted country if she had known anything about enchantment.
"A Little Girl in Old Quebec" by Amanda Millie Douglas
The play-house was enchanting.
"A Little Girl in Old New York" by Amanda Millie Douglas
But the operas were enchanting beyond description.
"A Little Girl of Long Ago" by Amanda Millie Douglas
His carefully restrained imagination ran riot, presenting enchantments.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
What enchantment had transported her thither?
"A Little Girl in Old Boston" by Amanda Millie Douglas
Fairy realms of enchantment beckon him on.
"The Life Radiant" by Lilian Whiting
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In poetry:

My neighbours still upbraid me,
And murmur as I pass,
“There goes a man enchanted.
He trod on fairy grass."
"The Man Who Trod On Sleeping Grass" by Dora Sigerson Shorter
That she in queenly beauty,
Subdued yet silvery light,
Makes scarcely less enchanting
Than day, the sober night.
"To Mr. C.R." by Mary Ann H T Bigelow
But thou! Temptation hence away,
With all thy fatal train,
Nor once seduce my soul away,
By thine enchanting strain.
"A Farewell To America to Mrs. S. W." by Phillis Wheatley
Time like a Titan bright and strong
Spreads one enchanted gleam:
Each hour is but a fluted song,
And life a lofty dream.
"Amor Vitae" by Archibald Lampman
Could enchantments life prolong,
Circe, saved by magic song,
Still had liv'd, and equal skill
Had preserv'd Medea still.
"On The Death Of The Vice-Chancellor, A Physician (Translated From Milton)" by William Cowper
The Garde Joyeuse, amid the tale,
High rear'd its glittering head;
And Avalon's enchanted vale
In all its wonders spread.
"Thomas the Rhymer" by Sir Walter Scott

In news:

Far from being overly somber or mournful, Rutter 's "Requiem" is an enchanting, rich and expressive piece.
Behind a metal border fence on Southmost Road in Brownsville lies an enchanted forest whose name is Sabal Palm.
Brian Selznick 's Enchanting books suggest a new form of storytelling.
Semple 's affecting characters, not-necessarily-nice humor and surprising plot twists make this novel an enchanting ride.
Shel Silverstein , whose goofy, gross and macabre yet always enchanting poetry for children sold more than 14 million books, was found dead yesterday morning at his home in Key West, Fla.
Enchantments, 424 E 9th St, nr.
The Tony Award-winning play communicates the staggering waste of war but provides an opportunity to reconnect with the childhood enchantments of bedtime fables, folk tales and storybook adventures.
ONCE UPON A SONG – It's a modern and enchanting twist on an enduring classic.
In that country the magical legend of Altagracia evokes an enchanted world where dreams bear fruit.
The Met Premieres The Enchanted Island on New Year's Eve.
She is the second ship named after the Land of Enchantment.
Larry Broderick has a longtime enchantment with the piano, beginning as a 5-year-old when he could barely reach the ivory keys of his grandmother's 1927 Steinway Grand.
Many of the hand-drawn tableaus depict enchanting undersea scenes featuring buried treasure, hungry whales, and messages in bottles on pillows, t-shirts, pouches, and more.
LD Natasha Katz brings enchantment to Twelfth Night .
Enchanted Forest: The Bard's favorite faeries find the magic of movies irresistible.
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In science:

But men, this is enchanting! -- let me interject, For me, another grand occurrence comes to play: The sun rotates around us every single day, And yet, the headstrong Galileo was correct.
Zeno meets modern science
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