incantation

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Incantation \In'can*ta"tion\, noun [L. incantatio, fr. incantare to chant a magic formula over one: cf. F. incantation. See {Enchant}.]

1. 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. "Mysterious ceremony and incantation." --Burke.

2. A formula of words used as above.

3. The repetitive invoking of old sayings, or emitting a wordy discourse with little or no meaning, to avoid serious discussion; obfuscation; as, to defend one's views with empty incantations. [PJC]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

incantation

noun

1: a ritual recitation of words or sounds believed to have a magical effect [syn: {incantation}, {conjuration}]


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