- 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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Examples from the Web for enthralled
While there, Hockney became not only enthralled by Chinese drawing materials but also techniques.The Many Lives of Artist David Hockney
November 23, 2014
He continues to be enthralled not so much by Earhart as by the process of determining what exactly befell her and her aircraft.How Amelia's Plane Was Found
October 30, 2014
I read Rabbit, Run at 23 years old, and I remain as enthralled now with the book as I was then.Five Great Literary Homes, From Pemberley to Ruth’s
March 18, 2014
In 2009 he was so enthralled with his ability to see the reasonableness in conservatives that he ended up patronizing them.Obama Has Learned His Lesson About Compromise With Republicans
December 31, 2012
The debt-ceiling showdown, which threatened to send the country into default, kept us enthralled.Why the Fiscal Cliff Is a Snooze
December 10, 2012
He had been interested by the play when he read it, but now he was enthralled by it.The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
And is not this the state in which the soul is most enthralled by the body?Phaedo
But that she should be enthralled and Jack free was not to be borne!Is He Popenjoy?
Silvey beamed, enthralled as usual by John's fertile imagination.A Son of the City
Herman Gastrell Seely
There had been only two hops, and I was so enthralled already.Daisy
- to hold spellbound; enchant; captivate
- obsolete to hold as thrall; enslave
C16: from en- 1 + thrall
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Word Origin and History for enthralled
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