[ en-thrawl ]
/ ɛnˈθrɔl /

verb (used with object)

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.

Nearby words

  1. enthesis,
  2. enthesitis,
  3. enthesopathy,
  4. enthetic,
  5. enthral,
  6. enthralling,
  7. enthrone,
  8. enthronement,
  9. enthuse,
  10. enthusiasm

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

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

    Murdoch’s Dark Arts|Tina Brown|July 11, 2011|DAILY BEAST
  • Corydon was sitting with her hands clasped, and a look of enthrallment upon her face.

    Love's Pilgrimage|Upton Sinclair
  • 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

Word Origin and History for enthrallment



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