verb (used with object), fas·ci·nat·ed, fas·ci·nat·ing.
verb (used without object), fas·ci·nat·ed, fas·ci·nat·ing.
- fasciculus gracilis,
Origin of fascinate
Examples from the Web for fascinate
His conservatism, which is more of a cultural than political kidney, seems to fascinate, delight or detract critics.Whit Stillman on the 20th Anniversary of ‘Barcelona’, His New Amazon Series, and the Myth of the Ugly Expat|Michael Weiss|August 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The performances that shook Kansas City's underground culture decades ago still continues to fascinate onlookers today.Private Birthday Party: A Look at Kansas City’s Long Lost Drag Queens|Erin Cunningham|April 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The region continues to fascinate me and the number of interesting producers keeps growing and growing.
What does fascinate Jünger, and about which he has the most interesting things to say, is the issue of physical courage.
In death as in life fashion editor and muse Isabella Blow continues to fascinate.
My expectations had doubtless been my own fault; there is no particular reason why Le Mans should fascinate.A Little Tour in France|Henry James
Or again, should she fascinate a du Tillet or a Nucingen, and gamble on the stock exchange to pay her creditors?The Collection of Antiquities|Honore de Balzac
I'm sure all these morphological changes and disgusting intimacies will fascinate you, Dr. Morees.Planet of the Damned|Harry Harrison
She was full of life and spirits, with enough of coquetry about her to fascinate and turn older heads than mine.Family Pride|Mary J. Holmes
Something about him seemed to fascinate the man, for he regarded him with a peculiar, searching look for a full minute.The Heatherford Fortune|Mrs. Georgie Sheldon
verb (mainly tr)
Word Origin for fascinate
1590s, "bewitch, enchant," from Middle French fasciner (14c.), from Latin fascinatus, past participle of fascinare "bewitch, enchant, fascinate," from fascinus "spell, witchcraft," of uncertain origin. Possibly from Greek baskanos "bewitcher, sorcerer," with form influenced by Latin fari "speak" (see fame (n.)).
The Greek word might be from a Thracian equivalent of Greek phaskein "to say;" cf. also enchant, and German besprechen "to charm," from sprechen "to speak." Earliest used of witches and of serpents, who were said to be able to cast a spell by a look that rendered one unable to move or resist. Sense of "delight, attract" is first recorded 1815. Related: Fascinated; fascinating.