An incantation or enchantment is a charm or spell
created using words. An incantation may take place during a ritual,
either a hymn or
prayer, and may
invoke or praise a deity.
is used with the intention of casting a spell on an object or a
person and may employ the use of pharmakeia.
The term derives from Latin
"incantare" (tr.), meaning "to chant (a magical spell)
upon," from in- "into, upon" and cantare
and modern fantasy
fiction, enchantments (from the Old
French "enchantement") are charms or spells. The term
was loaned into English since around AD 1300. The corresponding
native English term being "galdor"
"song, spell". It has led to the terms "enchanter"
and "enchantress", for those who use enchantments.