|Noah Webster's Dictionary|
1. (v. t.) To gain an ascendency over by charms or incantations; to affect (esp. to injure) by witchcraft or sorcery.
2. (v. t.) To charm; to fascinate; to please to such a degree as to take away the power of resistance; to enchant.
Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia
be-wich' (existemi): There are two Greek words in the New Testament translated "bewitch." The one given above (Acts 8:9, 21 the King James Version "bewitched," the Revised Version (British and American) "amazed") has reference to the work of Simon Magus. It means "to be out of one's mind," "to astonish," "to overwhelm with wonder." The other word, baskaino (Galatians 3:1), means "to fascinate by false representation." It is by this means the apostle complains they have been led to accept a teaching wholly contrary to the gospel of Christ. Both these words reveal to us something of the difficulty the early teachers had to eradicate the idea so widely held by the Jews and Egyptians especially, that there were certain powers, dark and mysterious, which by certain occult forces they could control. For a long time this had to be contended with as one of the corrupt practices brought into the church by the converts, both from Judaism and heathenism. These words have a reference to the evil eye which for centuries was, and even today is, an important factor in the life of the people of the East. 1 Timothy 6:20 is a reference to this thought and explains the word "science" (the King James Version) as there used.
See DIVINATION; EVIL EYE; SORCERY; SUPERSTITION.
Jacob W. Kapp
Bewitch (1 Occurrence)
Galatians 3:1 Foolish Galatians, who has bewitched you not to obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was openly set forth among you as crucified? (Root in WEB KJV WEY ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)