Glamor

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Glamor

(religion, spiritualism, and occult)

A magical enchantment or spell designed to make the observer believe things are different from what they actually are. The Malleus Maleficarum (1486) has the question "Whether Witches can by some Glamour Change Men into Beasts" as its Question Ten in Part One. Heinrich Kramer and Jakob Sprenger, the co-authors of the book, offer arguments on the matter put forward by St. Thomas in the Second Book of Sentences, VIII, where he discusses "whether devils can affect the bodily senses by the delusion of a glamour." Allan Ramsay, in the glossary to his Poems (1721) says, "Glamour: When devils, wizards or jugglers deceive the sight, they are said to cast glamour o'er the eyes of the spectator."