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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.
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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
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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.
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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
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incantation

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

incantation

[ˌɪnkænˈteɪʃən] Nconjuro m, ensalmo m
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incantation

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

[ˌɪnkænˈteɪʃn] nincantesimo
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incantation

(inkӕnˈteiʃən) noun
words said or sung as a spell.
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References in classic literature ?
Over their heads in the branches Of their new-bought, ancient trees, I weave an incantation, And draw them to my knees.
Another thought that a scarlet mole should be buried alive in the public park and a suitable incantation chanted over the remains.
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.
This last I mouthed, loving the taste of its thunder; mouthed thrice, as though it were an incantation,--and, indeed, from what immediately followed, it might reasonably have seemed so.
Sometimes when, after falling into a kind of doze, and awaking suddenly in the midst of these doleful chantings, my eye would fall upon the wild-looking group engaged in their strange occupation, with their naked tattooed limbs, and shaven heads disposed in a circle, I was almost tempted to believe that I gazed upon a set of evil beings in the act of working at a frightful incantation.
As he finished the incantation the Thing shuddered throughout its huge bulk, the Gump gave the screeching cry that is familiar to those animals, and then the four wings began flopping furiously.
None of us had any faith in the incantation except Peter, and, by infection, Cecily.
"Lo, I have seen many wonderful soothsayers and prophets and magicians in my life days, but none be- fore that could sit idle and see to the heart of things with never an incantation to help."
Hours fleeted, and, at last, clear and full rose the blessed English shores; shores charmed by a mighty spell,--with one touch to dissolve every incantation of slavery, no matter in what language pronounced, or by what national power confirmed.
But not yet have we solved the incantation of this whiteness, and learned why it appeals with such power to the soul; and more strange and far more portentous --why, as we have seen, it is at once the most meaning symbol of spiritual things, nay, the very veil of the Christian's Deity; and yet should be as it is, the intensifying agent in things the most appalling to mankind.
From some receptacle I didn't see he poured a lot of water on the blaze, like a magician at the end of a successful incantation that had called out a shadow and a voice from the immense space of the sea.
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.