fascinate

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v fascinate attract; cause to be enamored "She captured all the men's hearts"
    • v fascinate to render motionless, as with a fixed stare or by arousing terror or awe "The snake charmer fascinates the cobra"
    • v fascinate cause to be interested or curious
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The ancient Greeks had a fascination with the planet Mars. They attributed the planet to Ares, their god of war, because of its red colour
    • Fascinate 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."
    • Fascinate 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."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • fascinate To bewitch; act on by witchcraft or by some analogous powerful or irresistible influence; hence, to influence the imagination, reason, or will of in an uncontrollable manner.
    • fascinate To enchant; captivate; excite the passions or affections of, and allure powerfully or irresistibly.
    • fascinate Synonyms Charm, etc. (see enchant); to throw or bring under a spell, hold spell-bound, entrance, enamour.
    • fascinate To exercise a bewitching or captivating power.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Fascinate fas′i-nāt to control by the glance: to charm: to captivate: to enchant, esp. by the evil eye
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Quotations

  • Richard Dreyfus
    Richard Dreyfus
    “I find myself fascinating.”
  • Keith Richards
    Keith Richards
    “Getting old is a fascination thing. The older you get, the older you want to get.”
  • Andy Warhol
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    “Being good in business is the most fascinating kind of art. Making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art.”
  • James B. Stockdale
    James B. Stockdale
    “A liberally educated person meets new ideas with curiosity and fascination. An illiberally educated person meets new ideas with fear.”
  • Pearl S. Buck
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    “None who have always been free can understand the terrible fascinating power of the hope of freedom to those who are not free.”
  • Oscar Wilde
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    “There are only two kinds of people who are really fascinating --people who know absolutely everything, and people who know absolutely nothing.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. fascinare,; cf. Gr. to slander, bewitch
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. fascināre, -ātum; perh. allied to Gr. baskainein, to bewitch.

Usage

In literature:

He drew her thither by his curious fascination.
"The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol" by William J. Locke
Never has any woman fascinated her as the lovely widow she is asked not to know.
"When the Birds Begin to Sing" by Winifred Graham
On the contrary, it was all-absorbing and fascinating.
"Antony Gray,--Gardener" by Leslie Moore
Tania is such a fascinating little person, with her dreams and her pretences, that she is the best kind of company.
"Madge Morton's Victory" by Amy D.V. Chalmers
How fascinating the lad was!
"The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde
The park always fascinated her when it was like that, almost blotted out by night.
"The Ghost Girl" by H. De Vere Stacpoole
The fascinating Louise Renee immediately made the entire conquest of the king.
"Louis XIV., Makers of History Series" by John S. C. Abbott
But that subject now held a deadly fascination for her mother.
"Athalie" by Robert W. Chambers
Looking up from below one is fascinated by the extreme leisureliness of its motion.
"The Book of the National Parks" by Robert Sterling Yard
The Tower was another place of indescribable fascination.
"The End of a Coil" by Susan Warner
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In poetry:

"But, oh! if anybody came -
A Lord or any such -
I do not think your humble name
Would fascinate me much.
"The Cunning Woman" by William Schwenck Gilbert
And, too,
the shadows on your cheeks from your long lashes
fascinate me—almost as much as the dimples
in your cheeks, your arms and your legs.
"As You Leave Me" by Etheridge Knight
But vain the charms that grac'd the maid,
The eye where pity lov'd to reign,
The form where fascination play'd,
The voice that breath'd enchantment, vain!
"Bertram And Anna" by Thomas Gent
Youth, large, lusty, loving—Youth, full of grace, force,
fascination!
Do you know that Old Age may come after you, with equal grace, force,
fascination?
"Great Are The Myths" by Walt Whitman
When thoughtless Delia unconcern'd surveys
Her plumy captive, as he leans to sing,
Lo! while she smiles, the fascination stays
The little heaven of its airy wing.
"Lines Written On Delia, Listening To Her Canary-Bird" by Sir John Carr
Thou simple Lyre! thy music wild
Has served to charm the weary hour,
And many a lonely night has 'guiled,
When even pain has own'd, and smiled,
Its fascinating power.
"To My Lyre" by Henry Kirke White

In news:

"I have no idea why there is this fascination with everything I do," Lohan told Playboy, via Reuters.
Other Yankees players were no better than Girardi in containing their fascination .
Chinese fascinated with 'crazy English' ways.
I've had three friends tell me they wanted to wear fascinators for upcoming weddings.
I've had three friends tell me they wanted to wear fascinators for upcoming.
They are called fascinators .
Catherine has an affinity for the headwear and has been photographed wearing fascinators in recent months.
What in the world is a fascinator hat.
Fascinators are decorative trappings made of fanciful materials such as feathers, flowers, lace or beads.
Who's Barbara Walters' most fascinating.
It originates from the Portuguese word feitico, which means "obsessive fascination".
Fieldwork by Mischa Berlinski is a fascinating story about anthropologists and missionaries in Thailand.
Americans' fascination with the Navy SEALs translated to a big opening for 'Act of Valor,' which earned $24.7 million and first place at the box office this weekend.
Jimmy Johnson makes my top three of fascinating figures I've covered along with Pat Riley and Ricky Williams.
Since childhood, Gingrich has been fascinated by space and space travel.
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In science:

Fascinating connections to other research fields, such as Young tableaux in combinatorics, KardarParisi-Zhang (KPZ) universality in the theory of growth process and the theory of random matrices, have been revealed one after another.
Vicious Random Walkers and a Discretization of Gaussian Random Matrix Ensembles
One fascinating problem concerns the nature of the elementary excitations in such systems.
Elementary Excitations in Quantum Antiferromagnetic Chains: Dyons, Spinons and Breathers
The most fascinating γ -ray pulsar is Geminga.
A Search for Gamma-Ray Bursts and Pulsars, and the Application of Kalman Filters to Gamma-Ray Reconstruction
One fascinating aspect of these models is “non-abelian bosonization”: they are equivalent to fermionic (anti-commuting) quantum field theories.
Quantum Field Theory and Representation Theory: A Sketch
We hope that the present work serves to simulate further research in this fascinating area.
Exploiting Randomness in Quantum Information Processing
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