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tr.v. in·cant·ed, in·cant·ing, in·cants
To chant or intone (ritual or magic words).

[Latin incantāre; see enchant.]
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to utter (incantations)to summon up by incantationto enchant
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Accompanied by the music of flutes and trumpets, a priest incants lines translated from Seneca while performing complex rituals of lustration (washing his hands), libation (eating and administering honey and milk to the participants), and propitiation (placing milk, honey, and burning poppy on the altar bearing Fortuna's statue), all as Sejanus looks on.
"I'm as free as I have ever been," Moyet incants on the track, adding, "Don't want another rock to hang around my neck...."
The Citizens United dissenters rightly highlight these inequalities in political access and power, while the majority largely overlooks them and incants bromides about how a key precept of our First Amendment tradition is that government may not address such inequalities through seeking to "level the playing field" of political speech.
6734, entitled 'An Act Providing for an Organic Act for the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao." Moreover, Section 5 of Article XVIII of the BBL provides: "Abolition of the ARMM.Upon the ratification of this basic law, the Bangsamoro shall be deemed established, and the ARMM shall be deemed abolished." Verily, the BBL incants the requiem for ARMM.
An old woman sees him rise, lights a torch and incants to the moon in the west: This time you will not become a full moon, for you will eat none of our food.
The poetic voice, in her novel, has a two-fold rhetorical function: on the one hand, with its inherent properties like deviation, connotation, ambiguity and symbolism, poetry can be the best medium for fully capturing the subtleties of shapeless minds and simultaneously "incants, invokes, suggests, moving towards emotional synthesis and an experience of wholeness of perception" (Davies, 1989: 51).
2, 3, 3, 3, tetrafluoropropene," it incants in the resulting video piece, GreenScreenRefrigerator, 2010, hysterically using the nomenclature of organic chemistry to call out the gaseous compounds circulating through its chambers, vapors which are "sent through passages, constricted, released," just as "a spirit goes through all states of matter." This pseudoscientific, pseudo-eucharistic banter continues as the fridge lists its own branded features and inane desires: "Cool-Tight Doors ...
The appreciable sensory consciousness and erotic evocation of images like "seductive hips" preclude any notion that Toure is speaking of the fundamentalist Islam that dictates sexual Puritanism or necessitates the wearing of burquas by women; to the contrary, he incants a spiritual landscape of "fertile complexity," where the intention of Amenta (Mother Earth) in all her beauteous demography is wild, sensuous and primal.
Gelobt seist du, Niemand" ("No one kneads us again out of earth and clay/no one incants our dust.
It is a public sphere, at least, without Breyten Breytenbach's solipsistic despair ("Breyten ends up by declaring the whole post-1994 situation a sellout", 133), or Serote's denialisms ("Faced with the shortfall between reality and aspiration Serote incants the aspirational, over and over: 'ah/where/ where are those moments which can be magic'", 133).
Excerpted from Psalm No one kneads us again out of earth and clay, no one incants our dust.
No help comes from expressionistic flash-forwards to Nick's college dorm room, with actors spinning a girl on his bed as Nick incants "The question ...