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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.


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.
The enchanter appears as the figure of Death in the novel, and as such he foreshadows the death of Don Quijote himself and that of chivalric romance.
The fiction of malicious enchanters provides Quixote an epistemological fortress within which his belief in a world of romance and his heroic role within it is preserved from every empirical assault, and the pattern of the windmill episode--in which disparities between the protagonist's illusion and the facts of his experience are dismissed as themselves illusions--repeats itself ubiquitously throughout the novel.
Yet he was an enchanter of the soul, drawing to him the affection and gentle kindness of people who recognized his unique value and learned to appreciate him.
As a religio - political allegory of the times, The Faerie Queene presents aspects of Roman Catholicism in the evil figures of the false Duessa and the wicked enchanter Archimago (Bks.
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J'ai vu le public enchante par le cinema et le cinema enchanter le public[beaucoup plus grand que], a-t-il dit.
By Maesmynach Enchanter, his four great-grandfathers are all well-known: Derwen Llwynog, Maesmynch Viking Warrior, Nebo Daniel and Kilgour Welsh Monarch.
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with elegance and grace she's a little enchanter, who held a captivated audience.
A l'issue de la prestation, Noureddine Saoudi, egalement present, a, pour sa part, ete convie pour enchanter le public de sa voix limpide, au vibrato constant dans une ambiance relachee soumise a la beaute des standards de la musique andalouse.