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.
    • 1914, Louis Joseph Vance, chapter 1, Nobody:
      Little disappointed, then, she turned attention to "Chat of the Social World," gossip which exercised potent fascination upon the girl's intelligence.
  2. The state or condition of being fascinated.
  3. That which fascinates; a charm; a spell.

Translations[edit]

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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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