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fascination

[fas-uh-ney-shuh n]
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noun
  1. the power or action of fascinating.
  2. the state or an instance of being fascinated: They watched in fascination.
  3. a fascinating quality; powerful attraction; charm: the fascination of foreign travel.
  4. Cards. a form of solitaire.

Origin of fascination

1595–1605; < Latin fascinātiōn- (stem of fascinātiō) a bewitching. See fascinate, -ion
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  • There is a fascination in this view in its capacity for change.

  • She has the fascination of great pride and the magic of manners.

  • The fascination of writing on it with chalk still obsessed the children.

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    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • The secret of it, the fascination of the wild life, was revealed to me.

    A Woman Tenderfoot

    Grace Gallatin Seton-Thompson

  • Although very young, she had more of a woman's fascination than any of us.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt


Word Origin and History for fascination

n.

c.1600, from Latin fascinationem (nominative fascinatio), noun of action from past participle stem of fascinare (see fascinate).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper