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enthralling (comparative more enthralling, superlative most enthralling)

  1. exciting and absorbing
    • 1831, L[etitia] E[lizabeth] L[andon], chapter I, in Romance and Reality. [], volume III, London: Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley, [], →OCLC, pages 210-211:
      The Abbess had not miscalculated the effect of the yesterday's ceremony—she knew it was not binding, but its influence as a religious obligation was enthralling to a degree.
    • 1908 June, L[ucy] M[aud] Montgomery, chapter XXX, in Anne of Green Gables, Boston, Mass.: L[ouis] C[oues] Page & Company, published August 1909 (11th printing), →OCLC:
      Glittering castles in Spain were shaping themselves out of the mists and rainbows of her lively fancy; adventures wonderful and enthralling were happening to her in cloudland—adventures that always turned out triumphantly and never involved her in scrapes like those of actual life.
    • 2011 October 29, Phil McNulty, “Chelsea 3 - 5 Arsenal”, in BBC Sport[1]:
      Andre Santos equalised and the outstanding Theo Walcott put Arsenal ahead for the first time before Juan Mata's spectacular strike set up the finale for an enthralling encounter.



  1. present participle and gerund of enthrall