A hex is a magic spell or charm that's meant to cause harm. A witch in a story, for example, might put a hex on a prince that turns him into a chicken.

If you believe in magic, you might either fear hexes or aspire to learn how to put them on your enemies — to hex them. In the Pennsylvania Dutch tradition, "hex signs," forms of stars, flowers, and circles, are commonly painted on barns. Though tourists often interpret these as having superstitious meanings, they're really just folk art symbols. The Middle High German root of hex is Hexe, or "witch."

Definitions of hex
  1. noun
    an evil spell
    synonyms: curse, jinx, whammy
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    type of:
    charm, magic spell, magical spell, spell
    a verbal formula believed to have magical force
  2. verb
    cast a spell over someone or something; put a hex on someone or something
    synonyms: bewitch, enchant, glamour, jinx, witch
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    bewitch by or as if by a voodoo
    place under a spell
    type of:
    becharm, charm
    control by magic spells, as by practicing witchcraft
  3. adjective
    of or pertaining to a number system having 16 as its base
    synonyms: hexadecimal
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