hex

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."

Primary Meanings of hex

1.
nv
an evil spell
cast a spell over someone or something; put a hex on someone or something
2.
adj
of or pertaining to a number system having 16 as its base
Full Definitions of hex
1

n an evil spell

Synonyms:
curse, jinx, whammy
Type of:
charm, magic spell, magical spell, spell
a verbal formula believed to have magical force

v cast a spell over someone or something; put a hex on someone or something

Synonyms:
bewitch, enchant, glamour, jinx, witch
Types:
voodoo
bewitch by or as if by a voodoo
spell
place under a spell
Type of:
becharm, charm
control by magic spells, as by practicing witchcraft
2

adj of or pertaining to a number system having 16 as its base

Synonyms:
hexadecimal

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