From Latin fascinātus, perfect passive participle of fascinō (“enchant, bewitch, fascinate”), from fascinum (“a phallus-shaped amulet worn around the neck used in Ancient Rome; witchcraft”), which is of obscure origin.
- To evoke an intense interest or attraction in someone.
- The flickering TV fascinated the cat.
- To make someone hold motionless; to spellbind.
- We were fascinated by the potter's skill.
- 1886 October – 1887 January, H[enry] Rider Haggard, She: A History of Adventure, London: Longmans, Green, and Co., published 1887, →OCLC:
- Leo, too, was strangely touched. Hitherto he had been fascinated against his better judgment, something as a bird is fascinated by a snake, but now I think that all this passed away, and he realised that he really loved this strange and glorious creature, as, alas! I loved her also.
- To be irresistibly charming or attractive to.
- Her gait fascinates all men.
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