3 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

fascinating \fascinating\ adjective

1. capable of holding the attention; as, a fascinating story.

Syn: absorbing, engrossing, gripping, riveting, spellbinding. [WordNet 1.5]

2. capturing interest as if by a spell; as, a fascinating woman.

Syn: bewitching, captivating, enchanting, enthralling, entrancing. [WordNet 1.5]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Fascinate \Fas"ci*nate\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Fascinated}, p. pr. & vb. n.. {Fascinating}.] [L. fascinare; cf. Gr. ?????????? to slander, bewitch.]

1. To influence in an uncontrollable manner; to operate on by some powerful or irresistible charm; to bewitch; to enchant.

It has been almost universally believed that . . . serpents can stupefy and fascinate the prey which they are desirous to obtain. --Griffith (Cuvier).

2. To excite and allure irresistibly or powerfully; to charm; to captivate, as by physical or mental charms.

There be none of the passions that have been noted to fascinate or bewitch but love and envy. --Bacon.

Syn: To charm; enrapture; captivate; enchant; bewitch; attract.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: capable of arousing and holding the attention; "a fascinating story" [syn: {absorbing}, {engrossing}, {fascinating}, {gripping}, {riveting}]

2: capturing interest as if by a spell; "bewitching smile"; "Roosevelt was a captivating speaker"; "enchanting music"; "an enthralling book"; "antique papers of entrancing design"; "a fascinating woman" [syn: {bewitching}, {captivating}, {enchanting}, {enthralling}, {entrancing}, {fascinating}]

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