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