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tr.v. be·witched, be·witch·ing, be·witch·es
1. To place under one's power by magic; cast a spell over.
2. To captivate completely; fascinate. See Synonyms at charm.

[Middle English biwicchen : probably bi-, be- + wicchen (from Old English wiccian, from wicce, witch, or wicca, sorcerer); see weg- in Indo-European roots.]

be·witch′er n.
be·witch′er·y n.
be·witch′ing·ly adv.
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a person who enchants or bewitches
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The Golden Age lexicographer Sebastian de Covarrubias Orozco (1539-1613), like Noydens, used the word "encantador" as a synonym for bewitcher, necromancer, or devilish magus.
But by describing the sophist not merely once but three times as a bewitcher ([GREEK TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]), the Stranger does, once again, point to the similarity between the sophist and Socrates.