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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
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. 2016.
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  • The words awoke John from his enthrallment and she saw by his glance toward her that he did not comprehend their meaning.

    Spring Street James H. Richardson
  • Corydon was sitting with her hands clasped, and a look of enthrallment upon her face.

    Love's Pilgrimage Upton Sinclair
Word Origin and History for enthrallment



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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