incantation[in′kan tā′s̸hən, -kən-]
A witch mutters an incantation.
The words chanted by a witch to catch a spell are an example of an incantation.
- the chanting of words or formulas that are believed to cast a spell or perform other magic
- words or a formula so chanted
Origin of incantationMiddle English incantacion ; from Old French incantation ; from Late Latin incantatio ; from past participle of Classical Latin incantare ; from in- (intens.) + cantare: see chant
- Ritual recitation of verbal charms or spells to produce a magic effect.
- a. A formula used in ritual recitation; a verbal charm or spell.b. A conventionalized utterance repeated without thought or aptness; a formula: the pious incantations of the administration.
Origin of incantationMiddle English incantacioun, from Old French incantation, from Late Latin incantātiō, incantātiōn-, spell, from Latin incantātus, past participle of incantāre, to enchant; see enchant.
From Old French incantation, from Latin incantatio