Iago is such a transfixing portrait of evil exactly because his motives are forever murky.
The video is transfixing—and worth a good laugh, as Cain himself recognized.
The scene is a masterpiece of storytelling, transfixing and indelible.
A new exhibit looks back at his rise to fame in all its messy, transfixing glory.
A shower of arrows sought the barricade, transfixing some of the hanging coats.
Here was Junius turned gentleman and transfixing a State with satire.
Still he did not fall; so the soldier drew out the spear and, retreating a few yards, he hurled it at him, transfixing him.
He hated me, this Englishman, because I had been before him in transfixing the animal.
The eyes dominated the portrait, transfixing her with a blue stare.
Then, transfixing them on two pieces of stick, after the manner of red-men, they stuck them up before the fire to roast.
1580s, "pierce through, impale," from Middle French transfixer, from Latin transfixus "impaled," past participle of transfigere "to impale, pierce through," from trans- "through" (see trans-) + figere "to fix, fasten" (see fix (v.)). Figurative sense of "make motionless or helpless, as with amazement, terror, or grief" is first recorded 1640s. Related: Transfixed; transfixing.