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in·can·ta·tion

 (ĭn′kăn-tā′shən)
n.
1. Ritual recitation of verbal charms or spells to produce a magic effect.
2.
a. A formula used in ritual recitation; a verbal charm or spell.
b. A conventionalized utterance repeated without thought or aptness; a formula: the pious incantations of the administration.

[Middle English incantacioun, from Old French incantation, from Late Latin incantātiō, incantātiōn-, spell, from Latin incantātus, past participle of incantāre, to enchant; see enchant.]

in′can·ta′tion·al adj.
in·can′ta·to′ry (-tə-tôr′ē) adj.

incantation

(ˌɪnkænˈteɪʃən)
n
1. ritual recitation of magic words or sounds
2. the formulaic words or sounds used; a magic spell
[C14: from Late Latin incantātiō an enchanting, from incantāre to repeat magic formulas, from Latin, from in-2 + cantāre to sing; see enchant]
ˌincanˈtational adj

in•can•ta•tion

(ˌɪn kænˈteɪ ʃən)

n.
1. the chanting or uttering of words purporting to have magical power.
2. the formula employed; spell.
3. repetitious words used to heighten an effect.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Late Latin incantātiō, derivative of Latin incantā(re) to put a spell on, bewitch; see enchant]
in`can•ta′tion•al, in•can′ta•to`ry (-təˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i) adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.incantation - a ritual recitation of words or sounds believed to have a magical effectincantation - a ritual recitation of words or sounds believed to have a magical effect
magic spell, magical spell, charm, spell - a verbal formula believed to have magical force; "he whispered a spell as he moved his hands"; "inscribed around its base is a charm in Balinese"
invocation - an incantation used in conjuring or summoning a devil

incantation

noun chant, spell, charm, formula, invocation, hex (U.S. & Canad. informal), abracadabra, conjuration huddled shapes whispering strange incantations
Translations
تَعْويذَه، رُقيَه
zaklínadlozaříkávání
trylleformular
varázsige
særingaròula
burtažodžiai
buramvārdi
zariekať

incantation

[ˌɪnkænˈteɪʃən] Nconjuro m, ensalmo m

incantation

nZauber(spruch) m, → Zauberformel f; (= act)Beschwörung f

incantation

[ˌɪnkænˈteɪʃn] nincantesimo

incantation

(inkӕnˈteiʃən) noun
words said or sung as a spell.
References in classic literature ?
If you buried a marble with certain necessary incantations, and left it alone a fortnight, and then opened the place with the incantation he had just used, you would find that all the marbles you had ever lost had gathered themselves together there, meantime, no matter how widely they had been separated.
Not, of course, the fear of war itself, which, in the evolution of sentiments and ideas, has come to be regarded at last as a half-mystic and glorious ceremony with certain fashionable rites and preliminary incantations, wherein the conception of its true nature has been lost.
As to his religious notions-- why, as Voltaire said, incantations will destroy a flock of sheep if administered with a certain quantity of arsenic.
Thereupon the sorceries and incantations commenced; the "rain-makers," who pretend to have control over the clouds, invoked the storms and the "stone-showers," as the blacks call hail, to their aid.
His sunken eyes glittered and his wrinkled lips moved over toothless gums as he mumbled weird incantations to the demons of his cult.
It is nothing new, these vital lies men tell themselves, muttering and mumbling them like charms and incantations against the powers of Night.
I use incantations myself, as this good brotherhood are aware -- but only on occasions of moment.
And mendicant prophets go to rich men's doors and persuade them that they have a power committed to them by the gods of making an atonement for a man's own or his ancestor's sins by sacrifices or charms, with rejoicings and feasts; and they promise to harm an enemy, whether just or unjust, at a small cost; with magic arts and incantations binding heaven, as they say, to execute their will.
The raising of ghosts or devils was a promise liberally accorded by my favourite authors, the fulfillment of which I most eagerly sought; and if my incantations were always unsuccessful, I attributed the failure rather to my own inexperience and mistake than to a want of skill or fidelity in my instructors.
Two or three individuals hinted that the man of skill, during his Indian captivity, had enlarged his medical attainments by joining in the incantations of the savage priests, who were universally acknowledged to be powerful enchanters, often performing seemingly miraculous cures by their skill in the black art.
After the morning's incantations Colin sometimes gave them Magic lectures.
Over their heads in the branches Of their new-bought, ancient trees, I weave an incantation, And draw them to my knees.