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A magical effect or influence induced by an incantation or formula. Spells appear often in Fantasy literature and RPGs usually employed by Merlin-esque wizards.

The word spell is defined by M.-W. as "a spoken word or form of words held to have magic power" or "a state of enchantment".

It hails from Middle English (talk, tale) and from Old English; akin to Old High German spel=talk, tale.

First Known Use: 1579

Frequently, works of fiction have the spells be cast in some "strange" language (such as Harry Potter's Latin-like ones), or be based on "Old" speech.

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