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verb (used with object)
  1. to captivate or charm: a performer whose grace, skill, and virtuosity enthrall her audiences.
  2. to put or hold in slavery; subjugate: to be enthralled by illusions and superstitions.
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Also inthral, inthrall.

Origin of enthrall

First recorded in 1570–80; en-1 + thrall
Related formsen·thrall·er, nounen·thrall·ing·ly, adverben·thrall·ment, noun

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Related Words for enthrall

bewitch, fascinate, subdue, mesmerize, preoccupy, hypnotize, beguile, enrapture, enchant, intrigue, rivet, grip, entrance, engage, absorb, hook, charm, enslave, subjugate, grab

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Word Origin and History for enthrall


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.

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