Incantation



[in-kan-tey-shuh n] /ˌɪn kænˈteɪ ʃən/

noun
1.
the chanting or uttering of words purporting to have magical power.
2.
the formula employed; a spell or charm.
3.
magical ceremonies.
4.
magic; sorcery.
5.
repetitious wordiness used to conceal a lack of content; obfuscation:
Her prose too often resorts to incantation.
/ˌɪnkænˈteɪʃən/
noun
1.
ritual recitation of magic words or sounds
2.
the formulaic words or sounds used; a magic spell
n.

late 14c., from Old French incantacion “spell, exorcism” (13c.), from Latin incantationem (nominative incantatio) “art of enchanting,” noun of action from past participle stem of incantare “bewitch, charm,” literally “sing spells” (see enchantment).

Any particularly arbitrary or obscure command that one must mutter at a system to attain a desired result. Not used of passwords or other explicit security features. Especially used of tricks that are so poorly documented that they must be learned from a wizard. “This compiler normally locates initialised data in the data segment, but if you mutter the right incantation they will be forced into text space.”

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