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fascinate


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Fascinate  \Fas"ci*nate\,  v.  t.  [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  bewhich  but  love  and  envy.  --Bacon. 
 
  Syn:  To  charm;  enrapture;  captivate;  enchant;  bewitch; 
  attract. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  fascinate 
  v  1:  cause  to  be  interested  or  curious  [syn:  {intrigue}] 
  2:  to  render  motionless,  as  with  a  fixed  stare  or  by  arousing 
  terror  or  awe:  "The  eye  of  the  Ancient  Mariner  fascinated 
  the  wedding  guest."  Burton;  "The  serpent  fascinates  its 
  prey,..by  the  power  of  his  eyes."  Todd  &  Bowman  [syn:  {transfix}, 
  {grip},  {spellbind}] 
  3:  attract;  cause  to  be  enamored;  "She  captured  all  the  men's 
  hearts"  [syn:  {capture},  {enamour},  {trance},  {catch},  {becharm}, 
  {enamor},  {captivate},  {beguile},  {charm},  {bewitch},  {entrance}, 
  {enchant}] 




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