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[en-chant-muh nt, -chahnt-] /ɛnˈtʃænt mənt, -ˈtʃɑnt-/

the art, act, or an instance of .
the state of being .
something that :
Music is an enchantment that never fails.
the act of enchanting or state of being enchanted
a magic spell or act of witchcraft
great charm or fascination

late 13c., from Old French encantement, from enchanter “bewitch, charm,” from Latin incantare, literally “enchant, cast a (magic) spell upon,” from in- “upon, into” (see in- (2)) + cantare “to sing” (see chant (v.)). Figurative sense of “alluring” is from 1670s. Cf. Old English galdor “song,” also “spell, enchantment,” from galan “to sing,” source of the second element in nightingale.

(1.) The rendering of Hebrew _latim_ or _lehatim_, which means “something covered,” “muffled up;” secret arts, tricks (Ex. 7:11, 22; 8:7, 18), by which the Egyptian magicians imposed on the credulity of Pharaoh. (2.) The rendering of the Hebrew _keshaphim_, “muttered spells” or “incantations,” rendered “sorceries” in Isa. 47:9, 12, i.e., the using of certain formulae under the belief that men could thus be bound. (3.) Hebrew _lehashim_, “charming,” as of serpents (Jer. 8:17; comp. Ps. 58:5). (4.) Hebrew _nehashim_, the enchantments or omens used by Balaam (Num. 24:1); his endeavouring to gain omens favourable to his design. (5.) Hebrew _heber_ (Isa. 47:9, 12), “magical spells.” All kinds of enchantments were condemned by the Mosaic law (Lev. 19:26; Deut. 18:10-12). (See DIVINATION.)


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