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[ en-thrawl ]

verb (used with object)

  1. to captivate or charm:

    a performer whose grace, skill, and virtuosity enthrall her audiences.

    Synonyms: enrapture, transport, entrance, enchant, spellbind

  2. to put or hold in slavery; subjugate:

    to be enthralled by illusions and superstitions.

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Other Words From

  • en·thrall·er noun
  • en·thrall·ing·ly adverb
  • en·thrall·ment noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of enthrall1

First recorded in 1570–80; en- 1 + thrall

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Example Sentences

In the Jurassic Park and Jurassic World movies, live dinosaurs enthrall human visitors.

The Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities, Fine Art & Natural History is here to enthrall you with the odd, the unusual and the otherworldly.

Love it or hate it, technology enthralls us with the promise of change.

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

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

Can we not interest him in our books, enthrall him in the Chronicles of Kisington, so that he will cease to make war?

Kingsley's "Water Babies" and other choice writings appear in full; these enthrall the imagination and cultivate the taste.

The surrounding mountains were in full panoply of their blazing October foliage, a scene to enthrall the dullest vision.

The beach of Fales would enthrall but sterilize me—I mean the social muse would disjoint the classic nose of the other.

A man that so passionately avows his repudiation of the world must have felt its attraction, its power to tempt and enthrall.