bewitchment


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be·witch·ment

 (bĭ-wĭch′mənt)
n.
1.
a. The act of bewitching.
b. The power to bewitch.
c. The state of being bewitched.
2. A bewitching spell.

bewitchment

(bɪˈwɪtʃmənt)
n
1. the state of being bewitched
2. the power of bewitching
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Noun1.bewitchment - a magical spellbewitchment - a magical spell      
black art, black magic, necromancy, sorcery - the belief in magical spells that harness occult forces or evil spirits to produce unnatural effects in the world
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We hoped we would not meet her, for since the affair of the bewitchment of Paddy we did not know quite what to think of Peg; the boldest of us held his breath as we passed her haunts, and drew it again with a sigh of relief when they were safely left behind.
"Yes; but there's this difference between love and smallpox, or bewitchment either--that if you detect the disease at an early stage and try change of air, there is every chance of complete escape without any further development of symptoms.
s'Tag-stan-ras-ch'en built it,and of him there runs this tale.' Whereupon he told it: a fantastic piled narrative of bewitchment and miracles that set Shamlegh a-gasping.
'The significance of language for the evolution of culture lies in this, that mankind set up in language a separate world beside the other world, a place it took to be so firmly set that, standing upon it, it could lift the rest of the world off its hinges and make itself master of it.' (1986: p 16) Wittgenstein (2009: p 52e) extends this proposition in his idea of the bewitchment of language, a sense that the separate world of language can so enthral us as that we lose a sense of proportion of the world beyond or outside language.
They used the incantation 'Abracadabra' to ward off such bewitchment and as a remedy for poor health.
of the bewitchment and murder of Agnes Ratcliffe and before her
During the ritual, I bath in the [river], fowls were killed, and libation was poured to plead with the River gods; 'Antoa Nyamaa'." Findings indicated that people in the community hold the view that HIV infection occurs in people because of spiritual affliction, curse and bewitchment. These wrong notions direct the health seeking behaviour of the individuals.
Canonised by means of centuries-old Machiavellian manoeuvring, unimaginable bloody tragedy and generations of fawning reverence, this object--the quintessence of his philosophy--worked its dark bewitchment upon the besotted Yanagi, as with countless others before and since.
For Wittgenstein "Philosophy is a battle against the bewitchment of our intelligence by means of language" (Wittgenstein, 1963:109).
DEUSTUA, Jose R., The Bewitchment of Silver: The Social Economy of Mining in Nineteenth-Century Peru, Athens, Ohio University Center for International Studies, 2000.
Upon comparison of these two texts, both gospels agree that Herodias was behind the execution of John and used the convenient agency of her daughter's bewitchment. There is no indication that the mother and daughter planned the scheme in advance, however.
(56) Such too are the direct effects of fascination, bewitchment, enkindling his desire for the crown of Scotland.