- bound by or as if by a spell; enchanted, entranced, or fascinated: a spellbound audience.
Origin of spellbound
- to hold or bind by or as if by a spell; enchant; entrance; fascinate.
Origin of spellbind
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Examples from the Web for spellbound
He came at David O. Selznick's urging, and together they made Rebecca, Spellbound, and The Paradine Case.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
Eleven years ago, New Yorkers were spellbound by the sight of the burning towers.New York City’s Sandy Disaster: A Meteorological 9/11?
October 30, 2012
At the Special Court for Sierra Leone, Justice Richard Lussick read the verdict to about 80 spellbound listeners.War Criminal Charles Taylor’s Daughter Defends Her Dad
Robtel Neajai Pailey
April 27, 2012
The audience was spellbound to hear panelist Zin Mar Aung give her dramatic, firsthand account of life behind bars in Burma.Burmese Spring or Phony Thaw?
March 10, 2012
And then her eyes were caught by something that held her spellbound with horror.The Heart of Thunder Mountain
Edfrid A. Bingham
There was something in that sweet old face that kept them spellbound.The Old Countess; or, The Two Proposals
Ann S. Stephens
The realization and quick understanding held him spellbound.
Spellbound Jacques gazed upon the scene of awful destruction.Fighting in France
Our breath came back, and the spellbound silence was broken.The Right Stuff
- having one's attention held as though one is bound by a spella spellbound audience
- (tr) to cause to be spellbound; entrance or enthral
Word Origin and History for spellbound
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