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A.Word.A.Day--ensorcell

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Verbs are special words. They describe action. Nothing would ever get done if it were not for the verbs. Look at a sentence on your screen or on paper -- it just lies there listless, a mere collection of random words until a verb comes to infuse life into it. This week we'll feature five unusual verbs - words for a few things you most likely don't do every day.

ensorcell (en-SOR-suhl) verb tr.

To bewitch; to enchant.

[From Middle French ensorceler, from Old French ensorcerer, from en- + -sorcerer, from Old French sorcier, from Vulgar Latin sortiarius, from Latin sort-, stem of sors (lot, fate).]

See more usage examples of ensorcelled in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

-Anu Garg (garg AT wordsmith.org)

"Pritchett is determined to beguile, even to ensorcell his reader." Richard Howard; V.S. Pritchett: The Seduction Of Criticism; The Washington Post; Jun 14, 1992.

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