- 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 enthralling
Anyway, USA vs. Ghana was a great game, a wonderful game, an enthralling game.Up To a Point: Oops, I Enjoyed Soccer
P. J. O’Rourke
July 13, 2014
The supporting characters, meanwhile, are equally as layered and enthralling.Stop Everything and Go Watch ‘Rectify'
June 19, 2014
But this, and others, are just minor quibbles when presented with such a unique, massive, beautiful and enthralling piece of art.Is ‘Cloud Atlas’ a Masterpiece or a Disaster? Our Critics Debate
Ramin Setoodeh, Marlow Stern
October 26, 2012
Lucky Break pierces the superficial surface of acting to reveal the enthralling, authentic drama at the heart of the business.
Lucky Break An enthralling look at the genuine, heartbreaking drama behind the business of acting.
One of the most enthralling stories Mr. Silas Hocking has ever written.The White Lie
William Le Queux
But settling a new world would be enthralling and important work.The Pirates of Ersatz
Once the subject of that book had been of an enthralling interest to him.April's Lady
Margaret Wolfe Hungerford
Canaan is of those novels that centre about an enthralling idea.Brazilian Tales
Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis
She has been——Well, this case of yours is a most enthralling one, Kenwick.The Rest Hollow Mystery
Rebecca N. Porter
- holding the attention completely; fascinating; spellbinding
- 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 enthralling
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