February 1, 2007


ensorcell vt. (en SOR' sul)
• Bewitch, enchant
--"she would not do him any hurt or ensorcell him" Sir Richard Burton;
• Broadly : to make rapt with delight or interest : fascinate --"the quiet beauty of the hill country will relax and ensorcell
en·sor·cell·ment \-rslmnt\ noun -s
--Webster's Third New International Dictionary, Unabridged. Merriam-Webster, 2002. http://unabridged.merriam-webster.com (1 Feb. 2007).

ensorcel, v.t.
To bewitch; use sorcery upon.
[OF. ensorceler, bewitch, ca-q' soreeler, bewitch.]
--The Century Dictionary http://www.global-language.com/CENTURY/

In use:
"The Argyle General"
Maureen Dowd
New York Times
January 11, 2004

After General [Wesley] Clark's ill-fitting suits in his first few debates -- his collars seemed to be standing away from his body in a different part of the room -- a sudden infusion of dandified sweaters and duck boots just intensifies the impression that he's having a hard time adjusting to civilian life.

It's also a little alarming that he thinks the way to ensorcell women is to swaddle himself in woolly geometric shapes that conjure up images of Bing Crosby on the links or Fred MacMurray at the kitchen table.

A Comment:
Ensorcel: a charming
, magic verb for verbal magic charming. --B'n' J'n.


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