enthrall

[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. enthesis,
  2. enthesitis,
  3. enthesopathy,
  4. enthetic,
  5. enthral,
  6. enthralling,
  7. enthrone,
  8. enthronement,
  9. enthuse,
  10. enthusiasm

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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Word Origin and History for enthrall

enthrall

v.

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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