A word I just learned…

… reading a review by Maureen Dowd in the New York Times Book Review:

ensorcelled

“She [Clare Boothe Luce] ensorcelled the married Lieut. Gen. Lucian K. Truscott Jr., in command of the Fifth Army in Italy.”

A wonderful word, with echoes of ensnarement, sorcery and snorkels. It comes from an Old French root that indeed relates to the English word “sorcerer.”

My wife, who never ceases to ensorcell me, points out that Daniel Bélanger has a song titled Ensorcelée.

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