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in religion and superstition, the practice of manipulating and controlling the course of nature by preternatural means. Magic is based upon the belief that the universe is populated by unseen forces or spirits that permeate all things.
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(religion, spiritualism, and occult)

Sometimes used to describe a spell or charm placed on someone or something. Elves and fairies were especially thought to enchant people and animals.

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See also Fantasy, Magic.
fairy godfather to Italian Cinderella. [Ital. Opera: Rossini, Cinderella, Westerman, 120–121]
under spell, grows ass’s head. [Br. Lit.: A Midsummer Night’s Dream]
enchantment lasts only till midnight. [Fr. Fairy Tale: Cinderella]
enchantress who changes Odysseus’s men into swine. [Gk. Lit.: Odyssey; Rom. Lit.: Aeneid]
Geraldine, Lady
evil spirit who, by casting a spell, induces Christabel to bring her into her father’s castle. [Br. Lit.: S.T. Coleridge “Christabel” in Benét, 195]
Land of Oz
bewitching realm of magic and mystery. [Am. Lit.: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz]
water nymph of the Rhine; lured sailors to their doom with her singing. [Ger. Folklore: Leach, 645]
enchanter; one of Charlemagne’s paladins. [Fr. Folk-lore: Harvey, 526]
Miracle, Dr.
bewitches Antonia into singing despite doctor’s orders. [Fr. Opera: Offenbach, Tales of Hoffmann, Westerman, 275–276]
fairy king orders love charm placed on wife. [Br. Lit.: A Midsummer Night’s Dream]
his singing opens the gates of the underworld. [Ger. Opera: Gluck, Orpheus and Euridyce, Westerman, 72]
Pied Piper
charms children of Hamelin with music. [Children’s Lit.: “The Pied Piper of Hamelin” in Dramatic Lyrics, Fisher, 279–281]
Irish fairy spell that distorts reality. [Irish Folklore: Briggs, 327–328]
Quixote, Don
ascribes all his misfortunes to the machinations of enchanters. [Span. Lit.: Cervantes Don Quixote]
spins yams for Sultan for 1001 nights. [Arab. Lit.: Arabian Nights]
Czech Orpheus; bagpipe music moves even Queen Iceheart. [Czech Opera: Weinberger, Schwanda, Westerman, 412]
with song, bird-women lure sailors to death. [Gk. Myth.: Odyssey]
Sleeping Beauty
sleeps for 100 years. [Fr. Fairy Tale, The Sleeping Beauty]
experiences spell-induced fascination over Bottom. [Br. Lit.: A Midsummer Night’s Dream]
Van Winkle, Rip
returns to village after sleep of 20 years. [Am. Lit.: The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent.]
indicates bewitching powers. [Flower Symbolism: Flora S ymbo lica, 178]
the Lady of the Lake, enchantress and mistress of Merlin. [Br. Lit.: Barnhart, 1118]
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In his novel, The Rotting Enchanter (L'Enchanteur pourrissant, 1904), Merlin is immured by the Lady of the Lake, but his decaying body holds out the promise of new life.
Beyond its overtly political message concerning the Hanoverian claim to fulfill the enchanter's prophecy (yet related to politics), Judith Colton also suggests a very personal meaning of the Cave for the Queen, an interpretation of the structure's significance that provides insight into Lord Carteret's personal reasons for wanting to please the Queen with his deluxe edition.
Quixote is fortunate, of course, in that the inversion of reality and illusion, affected by magicians and enchanters, is a stock device of the very romances which nourish the character's delusions about himself.
Milton's initial response was negative, for in his 1634 Maske Presented at Ludlow Castle the new economic discourse is taken up by the evil enchanter Comus and roundly rejected by the masque's heroine, who prefers an older discourse "predicated on the economy's being static rather than dynamic" (23).
With him she was able to focus on completing her second novel, curiously titled The Flight from the Enchanter (1956), and through their years together twenty-four others.
In Peter the Great's 1715 Military Law Code, article 1 states that if "any soldier is found to be an idol-worshipper, black magician (chernoknizhets), gun-charmer, or superstitious and blasphemous enchanter (charodei) ...
The brothers went to the enchanter Merlin to ask him how to rescue her, and he gave them simple and explicit instructions.
Based on the story of Swan Lake, the hero is dashing Prince Derek who is distraught when fiancee Princess Odette is kidnapped by evil enchanter Rothbart.
'There shall not be found among you,' declares Deuteronomy 18:10, 'any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch.' Where AV has 'that useth divination', William Tyndale (1484-1536) has the rare word bruterar, which he glossed as 'a prophesier, a soothsayer'.
His account of his 'infatuation' with Pater's 'seductive' cadences recalls True Thomas's enthralment: 'He breathed an incantation, and from incantations one is apt to waken more coldly disillusioned than is quite fair to the enchanter' (p.
While Zorrilla's Don Juan is as selfish and lusty as his other literary counterparts, he is more an enchanter than a calculating seducer, and his vivid last-minute conversion adds a moral air to the play.