Definition of bewitch in English:

bewitch

Line breaks: be|witch
Pronunciation: /bɪˈwɪtʃ
 
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verb

[with object]
1Cast a spell over (someone): a handsome prince who had been bewitched by a sorceress
More example sentences
  • According to historians, Boyan was not a magician in the sense that he was able to cast spells, bewitch people and transform into animals, but he was a learned man and a poet.
  • I was bewitched when I cast my eyes on him at my father's place.
  • Trying to remain calm Leo asked, ‘And who is this lady sorceress that you say has bewitched men everywhere, and why should you warn me?’
Synonyms
cast a spell on, put a spell on, enchant;
possess, witch, curse;
North American hex, hoodoo;
Australian point the bone at;
in South Africatagati
literary entrance
1.1Enchant and delight (someone): they both were bewitched by the golden luminosity of Italy (as adjective bewitching) she was certainly a bewitching woman
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  • He had laughed, he had charmed me, almost bewitched me.
  • It had bewitched her, entranced her, and now she found that she could not tear her gaze away from him.
  • Why do witches and old women fascinate and bewitch children?
Synonyms

Origin

Middle English: from be- 'thoroughly' + witch.

Derivatives

bewitcher

noun
More example sentences
  • He gave her the ability to cast, thinking it would satisfy her ambition and keep her as a bewitcher of men for as long as possible.
  • A full year's abstinence is considered necessary to become a really effective bewitcher or curer.
  • Once the bewitcher is unmasked they are then confronted and asked to call off the attack.

bewitchingly

adverb
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  • What else one can look forward to are the bewitchingly beautiful beach villas with the best of amenities ranging from food to entertainment.
  • There is a whole new world of sight and insight, both bewitchingly beautiful, to be discovered and savoured!
  • Choose from among a panoply of fresh, forthright, and bewitchingly flavored coconut-milk curries, hot-and-sour soups, and noodle dishes.

bewitchment

noun
More example sentences
  • When the lovely daughter tries to lay the blame for her own transgression on a bewitchment, Nell and her grandmother suffer terrible consequences from the frenzied folly of a superstitious community.
  • He also remarked on the harmful effects of ‘the almost universal belief amongst the common people in so-called spells and bewitchments’.
  • Broadly speaking, the frequency of supposed bewitchments diminished; their scope was restricted to personal, not communal, misfortunes; socially, a narrower range of persons was involved.

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