or in·thrall


verb (used with object), in·thralled, in·thral·ling.

Related formsin·thral·ment, nounun·in·thralled, adjective



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.
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

Synonyms for enthrall Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for inthralled

Historical Examples of inthralled

  • And are men and women so inthralled by the molasses of sentimentalism in life?


    James Huneker

  • They who had once beheld its splendor were inthralled with an unutterable yearning to possess it.

    The Great Stone Face

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • This indifference of hers was but an additional charm for those whom her beauty had at once inthralled.

    Artist and Model

    Ren de Pont-Jest

  • He should never see again the dark southern loveliness that had so inthralled his imagination; and the idea was maddening to him.

    Wee Wifie

    Rosa Nouchette Carey

  • Then I left them; interested, inthralled, fascinated with them and their life, and—more in love with Eugen than ever.

    The First Violin

    Jessie Fothergill

Word Origin and History for inthralled



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