English Thesaurus

Synonyms of 'spell'

(verb) 
Definition
to indicate (a particular result)
The report spells more trouble.
Synonyms
indicate
The survey indicated that most old people are independent.
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mean
The clouds don't necessarily mean a thunderstorm.
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signify
The two approaches signified a sharp difference between the men.
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suggest
The figures suggest that their success is conditional on this restriction.
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point to
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imply
The meeting in no way implies a resumption of contact with the terrorists.
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amount to
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herald
Economists said the drop could herald a fall in consumer spending.
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augur
Already there were problems. It didn't augur well.
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presage
Diplomats fear the incidents presage a new chapter in the conflict.
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portend
Comets, in Western tradition, always portend doom and gloom.

phrasal verb

See spell something out
(noun) 
Definition
a sequence of words used to perform magic
Vile witch! She cast a spell on me!
Synonyms
incantation
huddled shapes whispering strange incantations
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charm
They cross their fingers and spit over their shoulders as a charm against the evil eye.
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sorcery
The man swore never to practise sorcery again, and was released.
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abracadabra
Justice here represents nothing more than magical abracadabra.
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witchery
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conjuration
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makutu (New Zealand)
(noun) 
Definition
the effect of a spell
The King also falls under her spell.
Synonyms
enchantment
an effective countercharm against enchantment by the faerie folk
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magic
The singer believes he can still regain some of his old magic.
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fascination
She had a charm and fascination all of her own.
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glamour
Her air of mystery only added to her glamour.
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allure
It's a game that has really lost its allure.
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bewitchment
(noun) 
Definition
a period of time of weather or activity
There has been a spell of dry weather.
Synonyms
period
a period of a few months
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time
For a long time I didn't tell anyone.
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term
a 12-month term of service
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stretch
He would study for eight- to ten-hour stretches.
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turn
Let each child have a turn at fishing.
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course
In the course of the 1930s, steel production in Britain approximately doubled.
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season
birds arriving for the breeding season
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patch
His marriage is going through a rough patch.
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interval
There was a long interval of silence.
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bout
I was suffering with a bout of nerves.
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stint
a five-year stint in Hong Kong

Additional synonyms

in the sense of abracadabra
Definition
a word used in magic spells, which is supposed to possess magic powers
Justice here represents nothing more than magical abracadabra.
Synonyms
voodoo,
conjuration,
makutu (New Zealand)
in the sense of allure
Definition
attractiveness or appeal
It's a game that has really lost its allure.
in the sense of augur
Definition
to be a good or bad sign of future events
Already there were problems. It didn't augur well.

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