Tuesday, February 12, 2008

still enchanting ...

En*chant" (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Enchanted; p. pr. & vb. n. Enchanting.] [F. enchanter, L. incantare to chant or utter a magic formula over or against one, to bewitch; in in, against + cantare to sing. See Chant, and cf. Incantation.]
1. To charm by sorcery; to act on by enchantment; to get control of by magical words and rites.
And now about the caldron sing, Like elves and fairies in a ring, Enchanting all that you put in. Shak.
He is enchanted, cannot speak. Tennyson.
2. To delight in a high degree; to charm; to enrapture; as, music enchants the ear.
Arcadia was the charmed circle where all his spirits forever should be enchanted. Sir P. Sidney.
Syn. -- To charm; bewitch; fascinate. Cf. Charm.
En*chant"ed (?), a. Under the power of enchantment; possessed or exercised by enchanters; as, an enchanted castle.
–verb (used with object)
to subject to magical influence; bewitch: fairytales about witches who enchant handsome princes and beautiful maidens.
to delight to a high degree: Her gaiety and wit have enchanted us all.
to impart a magic quality or effect to.

[Origin: 1325–75; ME < AF, MF enchanter < L incant?re to put a spell on; see incantation]
—Synonyms 2. fascinate, attract; captivate, enrapture.
en·chant (?n-ch?nt')
tr.v. en·chant·ed, en·chant·ing, en·chants
1. To cast a spell over; bewitch.
2. To attract and delight; entrance. See Synonyms at charm.
[Middle English enchanten, from Old French enchanter, from Latin incant?re, to utter an incantation, cast a spell : in-, against; see en-1 + cant?re, to sing, frequentative of canere; see kan- in Indo-European roots.]
hold spellbound [ant: disenchant]
attract; cause to be enamored; "She captured all the men's hearts"
cast a spell over someone or something; put a hex on someone or something [syn: hex]
Sense 1:
enchanted (vs. disenchanted)
beguiled, captivated, charmed, delighted, enthralled, entranced
bewitched, ensorcelled
fascinated, hypnotized, hypnotised, mesmerized, mesmerised, spellbound, spell-bound, transfixed