Bewitching



enchanting; charming; fascinating.
to affect by witchcraft or magic; cast a spell over.
to enchant; charm; fascinate:
The painter bewitched the crowd with his latest work.
to cause someone to be enchanted; cast a spell over someone:
She lost her power to bewitch.
Contemporary Examples

For Summer turns out to be the bewitching villain in this story, breaking Tom’s heart without a second thought.
Indie Dream Girls Doree Shafrir July 19, 2009

bewitching scents waft from a stone vessel holding multicolored powders, herbs and seeds.
A Superstar Chef Does the Unthinkable Amelia Smith November 16, 2008

In Saudi Arabia, they know you hot mamas have bewitching powers too.
Judith Regan: Todd Akin and Republican Men’s World of Unicorns, True Love—and No Rape Judith Regan August 21, 2012

Historical Examples

A certain Utley said to have been hanged for bewitching Richard Assheton.
A History of Witchcraft in England from 1558 to 1718 Wallace Notestein

She turns quickly, and a soft flush makes her bewitching, radiant.
Floyd Grandon’s Honor Amanda Minnie Douglas

Within twenty-four hours all the town was talking of her bewitching face, her artless manner, her sweet voice.
Madame Flirt Charles E. Pearce

In respect to her bewitching endearments, there’s no mincing matters, at all.
Christmas Eve at Swamp’s End Norman Duncan

“An old woman” imprisoned, charged with bewitching by making and pricking an image.
A History of Witchcraft in England from 1558 to 1718 Wallace Notestein

I had left a bewitching, unlikely elf; I found a magnificent woman.
Margarita’s Soul Ingraham Lovell

She was still in the making, and the best that could be said for her was that she was undergoing the ordeal with bewitching charm.
The Shield of Silence Harriet T. Comstock

verb (transitive)
to attract and fascinate; enchant
to cast a spell over
v.

c.1200, biwicchen, from be- + Old English wiccian “to enchant, to practice witchcraft” (see witch). Literal at first, figurative sense of “to fascinate” is from 1520s. *Bewiccian may well have existed in Old English, but it is not attested. Related: Bewitched; bewitching; bewitchingly.

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