incantation

Part of speech: noun

The utterance of supposedly magical words; a charm; spell.

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Usage examples "incantation":

  1. The sacred words were an incantation that compelled the superior powers to obey the officiating person, no matter what purpose he had in view. - "The Oriental Religions in Roman Paganism", Franz Cumont.
  2. The ideas of witchcraft are also widely spread among barbarians; and they are not a little fearful that some incantation may be thrown among their victuals. - "Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 1 (of 3)", Isaac D'Israeli.
  3. Or one might go out into the harbour late upon a winter afternoon, and see it as a city of a million lights, rising like an incantation from the sea. - "The Metropolis", Upton Sinclair.