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[en-thrawl] /ɛnˈθrɔl/
verb (used with object)
to captivate or charm:
a performer whose grace, skill, and virtuosity enthrall her audiences.
to put or hold in slavery; subjugate:
to be enthralled by illusions and superstitions.
Also, inthral, inthrall.
Origin of enthrall
First recorded in 1570-80; en-1 + thrall
Related forms
enthraller, noun
enthrallingly, adverb
enthrallment, noun
1. spellbind, enchant, transport, enrapture. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • I am afraid I may frighten the company, frighten or enthrall them.

  • Upon the brow determination sits; she is ever seeking whom she may enthrall.

    Charles Baudelaire, His Life Thophile Gautier
  • And he had scant fear, save that he might happen on men who should enthrall him.

    The Wood Beyond the World William Morris
  • Are the powers of light sufficiently great to enthrall mankind without the aid of form, music, action, or spoken words?

    Artificial Light M. Luckiesh
  • The younger sister, Henrietta Mendelssohn, was not handsome enough to enthrall the libertines of the salon.

  • Life ran very smoothly and courteously; and while she did not try to regain the affection, she strove to enthrall his intellect.

  • The idleness of the imbecile is always imbecilic, but the dreams of a poet have spells that enthrall.

  • The noble river with its superb amphitheater of mountains no longer had power to enthrall their senses.

    Peggy Owen and Liberty Lucy Foster Madison
Word Origin and History for enthrall

also enthral "to hold in mental or moral bondage," 1570s, from en- (1) "make, put in" + thrall. Literal sense is from 1610s. Related: Enthralled; enthralling.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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