incantation


incantation
incantational, incantatory /in kan"teuh tawr'ee, -tohr'ee/, adj.incantator, n.
/in'kan tay"sheuhn/, n.
1. the chanting or uttering of words purporting to have magical power.
2. the formula employed; a spell or charm.
3. magical ceremonies.
4. magic; sorcery.
5. repetitious wordiness used to conceal a lack of content; obfuscation: Her prose too often resorts to incantation.
[1350-1400; ME < LL incantation- (s. of incantatio), equiv. to incantat(us) ptp. of incantare to put a spell on, bewitch (see ENCHANT, -ATE1) + -ion- -ION]
Syn. 4. witchcraft, black magic, wizardry.

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