Definition for fascinating (2 of 2)
verb (used with object), fas·ci·nat·ed, fas·ci·nat·ing.
verb (used without object), fas·ci·nat·ed, fas·ci·nat·ing.
Origin of fascinate
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|Marlow Stern|December 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But the history of the church, which emerged in the late '60s, is far more complicated—and fascinating.
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|Marlow Stern|November 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In addition to her love life, the second fascinating part of the book is watching Joplin change as she becomes more famous.
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|Tom LeClair|November 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It was full of antique jewelry, antique furniture, antique laces and antique pottery—all of the most fascinating description.Aunt Jane's Nieces Abroad|Edith Van Dyne
Her voice was fascinating, and her remarks were always to the point.Priestess of the Flame|Sewell Peaslee Wright
He was, I suppose, judging from the imperfect view-point of my sex, what women call "fascinating."The Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce, Volume 8|Ambrose Bierce
There wasn't seating-capacity for all the people that came while his head was undergoing these various and fascinating mottlings.Chapters from My Autobiography|Mark Twain
She was just a fascinating sleepy-head pouting at the morning for interfering with her dreams.What Will People Say?|Rupert Hughes
British Dictionary definitions for fascinating (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for fascinating (2 of 2)
verb (mainly tr)
Word Origin for fascinate
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.