Definition of incantation noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌɪnkænˈteɪʃn//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌɪnkænˈteɪʃn//
[countable, uncountable]
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special words that are spoken or sung to have a magic effect; the act of speaking or singing these words Word Originlate Middle English: via Old French from late Latin incantatio(n-), from incantare ‘chant, bewitch’, from in- (expressing intensive force) + cantare ‘sing’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: incantation