enthrall

[en-thrawl]
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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.
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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Contemporary Examples of enthrall

  • Choose carefully and this soft, plummy varietal can enthrall like a fine Cabernet Sauvignon.

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    Mark Oldman

    October 25, 2010

  • But what's certain is that Flight of the Conchords will continue to enthrall its fan base for years to come.

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    HBO's Troubadours Take Flight

    Jace Lacob

    September 18, 2009

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Word Origin and History for 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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