What does the word incantation mean?

Usage examples for 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 by 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) by 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 by Upton Sinclair