- The definition of an incantation is a series of words used in a chant, in magic or used to cast a spell.
The words chanted by a witch to catch a spell are an example of an incantation.
A witch mutters an incantation.Licensed from iStockPhoto
- the chanting of words or formulas that are believed to cast a spell or perform other magic
- words or a formula so chanted
Origin: Middle English incantacion from Old French incantation from Late Latin incantatio from past participle of Classical Latin incantare from in- (intens.) plush cantare: see chant
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- 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: Middle English incantacioun, from Old French incantation, from Late Latin incantātiō, incantātiōn-, spell, from Latin incantātus, past participle of incantāre, to enchant; see enchant.
- inˌcan·taˈtion·al adjective
- in·canˈta·toˌry adjective