Not a point in the story is overlooked, and every phase of meaning is captivatingly illustrated in pantomime.
The present sketch is captivatingly lifelike and thoroughly well-written, arousing a response from every lover of children.
She entered the room with an air of triumph, as who should say: "See how captivatingly beautiful I am!"
The "Stabat Mater" music would be captivatingly beautiful in any setting.
1520s, "to enthrall with charm," from Late Latin captivatus, past participle of captivare "to take, capture," from captivus (see captive). Literal sense (1550s) is rare or obsolete in English, which uses capture (q.v.). Latin captare "to take, hold" also had a transferred sense of "to entice, entrap, allure." Related: Captivated; captivating; captivatingly.