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.
An’ all the time, whatever she’s doin’, she’d bewitch you with her smile an’ her pretty ways.
Shifting Sands Sara Ware Bassett
Their name, their garb, and work did so intoxicate and bewitch me.’
Bunyan James Anthony Froude
And Gal 3, 1, “Who did bewitch you that ye should not obey the truth?”
Commentary on Genesis, Vol. II Martin Luther
And she showed us some of the dancing steps and they just bewitch you.
A Little Girl in Old Salem Amanda Minnie Douglas
She cannot see an ambassador, scarcely even a messenger, without desiring to bewitch him.
Oxford Lectures on Poetry Andrew Cecil Bradley
“Some kings are easier to bewitch than others,” remarked the magician, wisely.
The Other Side of the Sun Evelyn Sharp
Paul sat without animation until Greta set herself to bewitch him out of his moodiness.
A Son of Hagar Sir Hall Caine
You think I had to lie to them, to deceive them, to bewitch them.
The Leatherwood God William Dean Howells
“But this bally place seems to bewitch people,” continued the big man.
The Red Redmaynes Eden Phillpotts
Another term for bewitch commonly in use; the word probably implied the muttering or forspeaking of a spell.
The Mermaid Series. Edited by H. Ellis. The best plays of the old dramatists. Thomas Dekker. Edited, with an introduction and notes by Ernest Rhys. Thomas Dekker
to attract and fascinate; enchant
to cast a spell over
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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