Definition of incantation in English:



  • 1A series of words said as a magic spell or charm.

    ‘an incantation to raise the dead’
    • ‘Mindy obtains a Taoist Magic book and uses the spells and incantations within to reverse her mother's fortunes.’
    • ‘With great solemnity, they prepared the sleeping body of Miri with magic charms and incantations, and called upon the ancestors and the gods to call away Karkameni.’
    • ‘But inside, there were all kinds of unbelievable spells, incantations, charms, potion recipes, and information about magic.’
    • ‘He raised his arms into the air and chanted the incantation for a fireball.’
    • ‘Both were then attached to the nail of the ring finger of a virgin who said a special series of words - an incantation, a spell or a prayer perhaps.’
    • ‘He was activating the Sepfeer talisman that was inside as he began to chant the incantation for the spell he was about to cast.’
    • ‘Along with the spells, charms, incantations, and potion recipes, there were manuals, instructions, factoids, magical messages, and even stories.’
    • ‘This old volume was a Spell Tome, full of ancient secrets of magical healing, useful incantations and protective charms.’
    • ‘People use various methods to protect themselves from it and to treat the symptoms: amulets, charms, talismans, spells, incantations, vows and sacrifices, and so on.’
    • ‘He started chanting the incantation of a dark spell, full of ugly guttural sounds.’
    • ‘The song was hypnotic, the words felt like an incantation, a Latin mass for suburbia.’
    • ‘Nucharangua shook him off, and quickly chanted the incantation for the cage spell.’
    • ‘The work is full of magic incantations and spells and is now known to be of European origin.’
    • ‘Study of primitive peoples who believe in the supernatural can produce many examples of the results of incantations, potions, charms, rites or invocations.’
    • ‘Just as he started the incantation of the escape spell, the door swung open.’
    • ‘The general consensus is to take the word to mean ‘the use of magic potions and charms in incantations and degraded religious practices’.’
    • ‘He dug through his list of incantations, invocations and other such spells to little avail.’
    • ‘Upon reaching the top, Shield once again chanted an incantation and opened the doorway to the outside world.’
    • ‘Book III proposes licit remedies against charms and incantations, and considers whether it is true that sorcerers have the power to heal.’
    • ‘Any spell with an incantation has the ability to backfire if even one word in the chant is pronounced wrong.’
    chant, invocation, conjuration, magic spell, magic formula, rune
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    1. 1.1mass noun The use of words as a magic spell.
      ‘there was no magic in such incantation’
      • ‘Chanting - or incantation - has always been a technique of sorcery.’
      • ‘Yet behind the irony in the final rhythmic incantation we read an emptiness that is neither spiritual sustenance, nor love.’
      • ‘But the passage also slips towards unreason; it is incantation, not argument.’
      • ‘It will also explore certain formal similarities between the TV series and Burroughs' novels - for instance, the role of refrains, repetition and incantation.’
      • ‘More ‘advanced’ magicians have been known to use foreign language incantation in their work, and they can claim to have just as much success as the sigil users.’
      • ‘Although they have become shorter, going still means three days of esoteric debate interrupted only by ritual incantation, expensive coffee, and German food.’
      • ‘Is rhetoric, as the ancients posed, a form of incantation or magic?’
      • ‘Evil cannot always be repelled by incantation, by demonstrations, by social analysis or by psychoanalysis.’
      • ‘Again there is nothing of magic, or casting of spells, or of incantation.’
      • ‘It was believed that, providing the event was assisted by incantation, evil could be washed away, burnt away, or banished by contact with a purification stick, wand or whip.’
      • ‘The murmur of incantation gurgled into silence, but not before a blazing inferno of heat erupted around him.’
      • ‘And with Kyrithin's continued incantation, the light was growing brighter with every passing second.’
      • ‘Stepping back from Vincent, Uturlié stabbed the third dagger he was holding into the floor at his feet, and then stood over it, taking on a stance used for incantation.’
      • ‘The former prescribed the medicine, or used incantation, to provide healing.’
      • ‘Its effect is the same as that of soul-stirring, soul-elevating scriptural incantation or a cascade of melody.’
      • ‘Consequently, people depended on prayer and incantation, in one form of another, as the only available form of risk management.’
      • ‘Such features are very prominent in nursery rhymes and ballads, where frequently pleasure lies in rhythm, incantation, and strangeness of image.’
      • ‘By repeated incantation, the Five Conditions have acquired a hieratic authority.’
      • ‘But this particular craze has nothing to do with the incantation of spells, or the brewing of noxious potions.’
      • ‘Songs of power, of magic, of emotion, of incantation and enchantment.’
      chanting, intonation, recitation
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Late Middle English: via Old French from late Latin incantatio(n-), from incantare ‘chant, bewitch’ (see incant).