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[in-thrawl] /ɪnˈθrɔl/
verb (used with object), inthralled, inthralling.
Related forms
inthralment, noun
uninthralled, adjective


[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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • And are men and women so inthralled by the molasses of sentimentalism in life?

    Unicorns James Huneker
  • They who had once beheld its splendor were inthralled with an unutterable yearning to possess it.

    The Great Stone Face Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • This indifference of hers was but an additional charm for those whom her beauty had at once inthralled.

    Artist and Model

    Ren de Pont-Jest
  • He should never see again the dark southern loveliness that had so inthralled his imagination; and the idea was maddening to him.

    Wee Wifie Rosa Nouchette Carey
  • Then I left them; interested, inthralled, fascinated with them and their life, and—more in love with Eugen than ever.

    The First Violin Jessie Fothergill
Word Origin and History for inthralled



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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