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[fas-uh-ney-ting] /ˈfæs əˌneɪ tɪŋ/
of great interest or attraction; enchanting; charming; captivating:
a fascinating story; fascinating jewelry.
Origin of fascinating
First recorded in 1640-50; fascinate + -ing2
Related forms
fascinatingly, adverb
half-fascinating, adjective
half-fascinatingly, adverb
quasi-fascinating, adjective
quasi-fascinatingly, adverb
unfascinating, adjective Unabridged
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  • She will never believe what a fascinatingly funny place it is.

  • The whole thing seemed so terrible, so fascinatingly terrible.

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  • Marcia looked up at Lee helplessly, smilingly, fascinatingly.

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  • There are innumerable side issues, every one of them fascinatingly human and delightfully told.

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  • Her eyes looked sky-blue under the blonde wig, and the blonde tints were lovely, if not so fascinatingly surprising as her own.

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  • They stood boldly out by themselves, and made a fascinatingly odd spectacle.

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  • She strained her ears to catch more of what the fascinatingly conceited young man was saying about his inexhaustible topic.


    Frank Swinnerton
British Dictionary definitions for fascinatingly


arousing great interest
enchanting or alluring: a fascinating woman
Derived Forms
fascinatingly, adverb
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