Definition of enchantment in English:



  • 1A feeling of great pleasure; delight.

    ‘the enchantment of the mountains’
    • ‘Amanda was telling Jenna about the enchantment she had experienced when she was there.’
    • ‘His objective was never simply to impress an audience, but to disclose whatever he discerned in music that was capable of enchantment.’
    • ‘Australia has lived through a period of enchantment, nothing less.’
    • ‘Richard adds to the enchantment of these tales with the rhythms of his mountain dulcimer and conga drum.’
    • ‘November and December hold the enchantment of the holidays.’
    • ‘I've been at Oxford for several days now, and my enchantment with this place grows by the minute.’
    • ‘He saw it as combining usefulness with enchantment.’
    • ‘Our public life is becoming more oligarchic in fact, despite its democratic form, losing its old enchantments.’
    • ‘Despite their enchantment with the Greek Island, the couple have no wish to leave their home.’
    • ‘The enchantment with Asian art and architecture spread across Europe and across the Atlantic to the United States.’
    • ‘This imaginative play is utter enchantment in the best of Russian theatrical evocative tradition.’
    • ‘Thanks for the endless hours of enchantment!’
    • ‘A woman's search for love is the search for herself, for her own enchantment.’
    • ‘In the email he professes his support for the program, his enchantment with the lockbox and various other points.’
    • ‘In terms of dramatic influence the score balances subtle enchantment with brash, tribal expressions exceptionally well.’
    • ‘If you have lost enchantment, you are liable to divisiveness, intolerance, and aggression.’
    • ‘Suddenly you realize that the enchantment of this place has left you.’
    • ‘It is the perfect destination, which provides enchantment, tranquility and adventure.’
    • ‘In our enchantment we are too often neglectful of that which made purchasing and consumption possible, namely, credit.’
    • ‘Her exile from words may have led to her enchantment with literature, diction and cadence.’
    captivation, entrancement, bewitchment, fascination, attraction, temptation, seduction, allure, enticement
    magic, witchcraft, sorcery, wizardry, necromancy, conjuration
    bliss, ecstasy, heaven, rapture, joy
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  • 2The state of being under a spell; magic.

    ‘a world of mystery and enchantment’
    • ‘Two venal siblings wrestle with a force of enchantment far more powerful than anything they have ever imagined.’
    • ‘The painting showed itself to me in all its fantasy and all its enchantment.’
    • ‘It quickly becomes apparent that the monster is the son of the local lord of the manor, placed under enchantment by his stepmother.’
    • ‘Montesino also tells him that he will be informed how to break all these enchantments at another time.’
    • ‘The key to unlocking the film's enchantment is to uncover the unforced romance.’
    • ‘Odette relates to him the tale of her enchantment, and then the dancing begins.’
    • ‘Enchantment is at the very heart of Elfin magic.’
    • ‘This is part of the ritual enchantment offered by the art of cinema.’
    • ‘His followers comply and are so entertained until the enchantment is broken.’
    • ‘With the boats gone, the outside world vanished, and the enchantment was complete.’
    • ‘"[Tolkien] is proof that faith and enchantment can go hand in hand, that our imaginations don't have to starve."’
    • ‘The interconnecting of memory, dream and landscape captured a realm of enchantment echoing the cinema of Tarkovsky and Cocteau.’
    • ‘The fire crackles, sweet wood smoke scents the air, a soft breeze kisses my cheek and the storyteller weaves a spell of enchantment.’
    • ‘In fact, my computer is almost slower without my working enchantments on it.’
    • ‘When I first got here I was under a double spell of enchantment.’
    • ‘As ever her dancing was a sheer pleasure to watch, as she span around him weaving her enchantment and capturing his heart.’
    • ‘Carrasco tells him that they have discovered that Dulcinea is free from the enchantment.’
    • ‘Even the seedpods, which are so often used in dried flower arrangements, suggest an otherworldly sense of exotic enchantment.’
    • ‘The strength of enchantment cast over life by dream is mirrored in Franco's filmmaking technique.’
    • ‘"Eat this sprig of the moly plant," the boy said, "and be protected from enchantment."’