Definition of enchantment in US English:

enchantment

noun

  • 1A feeling of great pleasure; delight.

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

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

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