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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Examples from the Web for enthrallment

Contemporary Examples of enthrallment

  • His enthrallment of media culture persists because he is so good at what he does.

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    Murdoch’s Dark Arts

    Tina Brown

    July 11, 2011

Historical Examples of enthrallment

  • The words awoke John from his enthrallment and she saw by his glance toward her that he did not comprehend their meaning.

    Spring Street

    James H. Richardson

  • Corydon was sitting with her hands clasped, and a look of enthrallment upon her face.

    Love's Pilgrimage

    Upton Sinclair


Word Origin and History for enthrallment

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper