Definitions for incantationˌɪn kænˈteɪ ʃən

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

in•can•ta•tionˌɪn kænˈteɪ ʃən(n.)

  1. the chanting or uttering of words purporting to have magical power.

  2. the formula employed; spell.

  3. repetitious words used to heighten an effect.

Origin of incantation:

1350–1400; ME < LL incantātiō, der. of L incantā(re) to put a spell on, bewitch; see enchant

in`can•ta′tion•al-təˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i(adj.)

in•can′ta•to`ry-təˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i(adj.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. incantation, conjuration(noun)

    a ritual recitation of words or sounds believed to have a magical effect

Wiktionary

  1. incantation(Noun)

    The act or process of using formulas and/or usually rhyming words, sung or spoken, with occult ceremonies, for the purpose of raising spirits, producing enchantment, or creating other magical results.

  2. incantation(Noun)

    A formula of words used as above.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Incantation(noun)

    the act or process of using formulas sung or spoken, with occult ceremonies, for the purpose of raising spirits, producing enchantment, or affecting other magical results; enchantment

  2. Incantation(noun)

    a formula of words used as above

Freebase

  1. Incantation

    An incantation or enchantment is a charm or spell created using words. An incantation may take place during a ritual, either a hymn or prayer, and may invoke or praise a deity. In magic, occultism, and witchcraft it is used with the intention of casting a spell on an object or a person and may employ the use of pharmakeia. The term derives from Latin "incantare", meaning "to chant upon," from in- "into, upon" and cantare "to sing". In medieval literature, folklore, fairy tales and modern fantasy fiction, enchantments are charms or spells. The term was loaned into English since around AD 1300. The corresponding native English term being "galdor" "song, spell". It has led to the terms "enchanter" and "enchantress", for those who use enchantments. The weakened sense "delight" is modern, first attested in 1593.

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. incantation

    Any particularly arbitrary or obscure command that one must mutter at a system to attain a desired result. Not used of passwords or other explicit security features. Especially used of tricks that are so poorly documented that they must be learned from a wizard. “This compiler normally locates initialized data in the data segment, but if you mutter the right incantation they will be forced into text space.”


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

incantation(noun)

words said or sung as a spell.

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