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enthral

[en-thrawl] /ɛnˈθrɔl/
verb (used with object), enthralled, enthralling.
1.
Related forms
enthralment, noun

enthrall

[en-thrawl] /ɛnˈθrɔl/
verb (used with object)
1.
to captivate or charm:
a performer whose grace, skill, and virtuosity enthrall her audiences.
2.
to put or hold in slavery; subjugate:
to be enthralled by illusions and superstitions.
Also, inthral, inthrall.
Origin of enthrall
1570-1580
First recorded in 1570-80; en-1 + thrall
Related forms
enthraller, noun
enthrallingly, adverb
enthrallment, noun
Synonyms
1. spellbind, enchant, transport, enrapture.
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  • She has been——Well, this case of yours is a most enthralling one, Kenwick.

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British Dictionary definitions for enthralling

enthralling

/ɪnˈθrɔːlɪŋ/
adjective
1.
holding the attention completely; fascinating; spellbinding

enthral

/ɪnˈθrɔːl/
verb (transitive) -thrals (US) -thralls, -thralling, -thralled
1.
to hold spellbound; enchant; captivate
2.
(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 enthralling

enthrall

v.

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.

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