Definition of incantatory in US English:

incantatory

adjective

  • See incantation

    • ‘The section's title poem, an incantatory piece, again acknowledges the weight of exchange, although the poem feels buoyant and light; it is a kind of waking song for the narrator's yet-unborn baby.’
    • ‘For instance, in Ginsberg's Journals for the mid-fifties, his concern to develop long syllabic lines, using the prosaic and the discursive approaches, clearly leads to the incantatory effects of his most celebrated poetry.’
    • ‘Wells has received insufficient credit as a writer of rhythmic, incantatory prose, long-breath paragraphs to cut against his tight journalistic reportage.’
    • ‘With the exception of nine lineated and titled poems spread throughout the text, Spar is a collection of untitled prose poems, giving it the feel of a book-length work as the incantatory intensity of each poem bleeds into the next.’
    • ‘Their speeches are wordy and repetitive, variations on some theme, or simple reiterations for incantatory effect, always mesmerizing even when you merely read the lines to yourself in the script.’

Pronunciation

incantatory

/-ˈkantəˌtôrē/