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[en-thrawl] /ɛnˈθrɔl/
verb (used with object), enthralled, enthralling.
Related forms
enthralment, noun


[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
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  • He had been interested by the play when he read it, but now he was enthralled by it.

    The Foolish Lovers St. John G. Ervine
  • And is not this the state in which the soul is most enthralled by the body?

    Phaedo Plato
  • But that she should be enthralled and Jack free was not to be borne!

    Is He Popenjoy?

    Anthony Trollope
  • Silvey beamed, enthralled as usual by John's fertile imagination.

    A Son of the City

    Herman Gastrell Seely
  • There had been only two hops, and I was so enthralled already.

    Daisy Elizabeth Wetherell
British Dictionary definitions for enthralled


verb (transitive) -thrals (US) -thralls, -thralling, -thralled
to hold spellbound; enchant; captivate
(obsolete) to hold as thrall; enslave
Derived Forms
enthraller, noun
enthralment, (US) enthrallment, noun
Word Origin
C16: from en-1 + thrall
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Word Origin and History for enthralled



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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