- 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
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Related Wordsbewitch, fascinate, subdue, mesmerize, preoccupy, hypnotize, beguile, enrapture, enchant, intrigue, rivet, grip, entrance, engage, absorb, hook, charm, enslave, subjugate, grab
Examples from the Web for enthrall
Choose carefully and this soft, plummy varietal can enthrall like a fine Cabernet Sauvignon.Five Ways to Drink Bravely
October 25, 2010
But what's certain is that Flight of the Conchords will continue to enthrall its fan base for years to come.HBO's Troubadours Take Flight
September 18, 2009
I am afraid I may frighten the company, frighten or enthrall them.The Picture of Dorian Gray
Upon the brow determination sits; she is ever seeking whom she may enthrall.Charles Baudelaire, His Life
And he had scant fear, save that he might happen on men who should enthrall him.The Wood Beyond the World
Are the powers of light sufficiently great to enthrall mankind without the aid of form, music, action, or spoken words?Artificial Light
The younger sister, Henrietta Mendelssohn, was not handsome enough to enthrall the libertines of the salon.History of the Jews, Vol. V (of 6)
Word Origin and History for enthrall
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