verb (used with object)

  1. to affect by witchcraft or magic; cast a spell over.
  2. to enchant; charm; fascinate: The painter bewitched the crowd with his latest work.

verb (used without object)

  1. to cause someone to be enchanted; cast a spell over someone: She lost her power to bewitch.

verb (tr)

  1. to attract and fascinate; enchant
  2. to cast a spell over

c.1200, biwicchen, from be- + Old English wiccian “to enchant, to practice witchcraft” (see witch). Literal at first, figurative sense of “to fascinate” is from 1520s. *Bewiccian may well have existed in Old English, but it is not attested. Related: Bewitched; bewitching; bewitchingly.

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