fascination

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin fascinare ("to bewitch"), possibly from Ancient Greek βασκαίνιεν (baskainien, to speak ill of; to curse)[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

fascination (plural fascinations)

  1. The act of fascinating, bewitching, or enchanting; enchantment; witchcraft; the exercise of a powerful or irresistible influence on the affections or passions; unseen, inexplicable influence.
  2. The state or condition of being fascinated.
  3. That which fascinates; a charm; a spell.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fascination" in the Encyclopædia Britannica, 11th ed., Vol. 10. 1911.

French[edit]

Noun[edit]

fascination f (plural fascinations)

  1. fascination

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