- of great interest or attraction; enchanting; charming; captivating: a fascinating story; fascinating jewelry.
Origin of fascinating
- to attract and hold attentively by a unique power, personal charm, unusual nature, or some other special quality; enthrall: a vivacity that fascinated the audience.
- to arouse the interest or curiosity of; allure.
- to transfix or deprive of the power of resistance, as through terror: The sight of the snake fascinated the rabbit.
- Obsolete. to bewitch.
- Obsolete. to cast under a spell by a look.
- to capture the interest or hold the attention.
Origin of fascinate
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Examples from the Web for fascinating
One example would be how fascinating it must be to be Martin Scorsese and have an Oscar at home for The Departed.Coffee Talk with Ethan Hawke: On ‘Boyhood,’ Jennifer Lawrence, and Bill Clinton’s Urinal Exchange
December 27, 2014
But the history of the church, which emerged in the late '60s, is far more complicated—and fascinating.The Daily Beast’s Best Longreads, Dec 15-21, 2014
December 21, 2014
He was immediately sold on the quality of the screenplays and the fascinating story.Charles Dance on Tywin Lannister’s S5 Return, A ‘Game of Thrones’ Movie,’ and Sexy Peter Dinklage
November 18, 2014
In addition to her love life, the second fascinating part of the book is watching Joplin change as she becomes more famous.Janis Joplin’s Kozmic Blues
November 8, 2014
In the latest, Frank is pushing 70 but he remains a fascinating emblem of his times.Richard Ford’s Artful Survivalist Guide: The Return of Frank Bascombe
November 4, 2014
Perhaps Cecilia was not so fascinating, but she was more attractive.Tales And Novels, Volume 4 (of 10)
It's too romantic and fascinating for words—or to put into words.It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
Yet the fascinating possibility is like a taste for drink, or the glamour of cards.Meadow Grass
I don't want you to take any trouble upon yourself, or to try to be fascinating.Little Dorrit
He had great refinement of mind, broad ideas, and fascinating manners.My Double Life
- arousing great interest
- enchanting or alluringa fascinating woman
- to attract and delight by arousing interest or curiosityhis stories fascinated me for hours
- to render motionless, as with a fixed stare or by arousing terror or awe
- archaic to put under a spell
Word Origin and History for fascinating
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.