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incantation
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Definition words believed to have a magical effect when they are said aloud; or the saying of such words
  • She believes in the power of magical incantations.
incantations = creating a magical effect by saying words aloud
  • Harry Potter says the incantation, "expecto patronum" as he focuses on a happy memory to summon protection from dark magic.
  • incantation = words believed to have a magical effect when they are said aloud
  • My ancient incantations are too weak,
    Shakespeare  --  King Henry VI, Part 1
  • ...as Voltaire said, incantations will destroy a flock of sheep if administered with a certain quantity of arsenic.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • incantations = the saying of words or sounds believed to have a magical effect
  • He passed his hand over Annabeth's face and spoke an incantation.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Last Olympian
  • incantation = words believed to have a magical effect when they are said aloud; or the saying of such words
  • So you just decided to try out an unknown, handwritten incantation and see what would happen?
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • incantation = words or sounds believed to have a magical effect
  • And this change, O most learned Prince, has doubtless been brought to pass by the powerful incantations of those wicked persons who now call themselves kings and queens of Narnia.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Horse and His Boy
  • incantations = combinations of words believed to have a magical effect when they are said aloud
  • I spent that night awake, making plasticine creatures, breathing prayers and incantations and commands on them while the moon shone down at me.
    David Almond  --  Clay
  • incantations = recitations of words or sounds believed to have a magical effect
  • Prepare your incantations and take me there at once.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Magician's Nephew
  • incantations = combinations of words believed to have a magical effect when they are said aloud
  • But if she could have looked a little further back, into the stillness and the darkness before Time dawned, she would have read there a different incantation.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
  • incantation = a ritual recitation of words or sounds believed to have a magical effect
  • Scattered also among their pale-faced enemies were the Indian priests, or powwows, who had often scared their native forest with more hideous incantations than any known to English witchcraft.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  Young Goodman Brown
  • incantations = combinations of words believed to have a magical effect when they are said aloud
  • Percival Wemys Madison sought in his head for an incantation that had faded clean away.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • incantation = words believed to have a magical effect
  • The storm of sound beat at them, an incantation of hatred.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • incantation = words believed to have a magical effect
  • I look for the man who will bring the arsenic, and don't mind about his incantations."
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • Percival Wemys Madison, of the Vicarage, Harcourt St. Anthony, lying in the long grass, was living through circumstances in which the incantation of his address was powerless to help him.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • incantation = saying words aloud for a "magical" effect
  • ...his goblet was full of double-espresso latte, which he kept muttering over like an incantation: "Pan! Pan!"
    Rick Riordan  --  The Titan's Curse
  • incantation = a ritual recitation of words or sounds believed to have a magical effect
  • "The incantation is finished," Augur croaked.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Hound of Rowan
  • After the morning's incantations Colin sometimes gave them Magic lectures.
    Frances Hodgson Burnett  --  The Secret Garden
  • Haints, Hot Steams, incantations, secret signs, had vanished with our years as mist with sunrise.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • The incantation stopped, the assassin's mind racing to the practical.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity

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