fascination

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n fascination the capacity to attract intense interest "he held the children spellbound with magic tricks and other fascinations"
    • n fascination a feeling of great liking for something wonderful and unusual
    • n fascination the state of being intensely interested (as by awe or terror)
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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
    • Fascination That which fascinates; a charm; a spell. "There is a certain bewitchery or fascination in words."
    • Fascination The act of fascinating, bewitching, or enchanting; enchantment; witchcraft; the exercise of a powerful or irresistible influence on the affections or passions; unseen, inexplicable influence. "The Turks hang old rags . . . upon their fairest horses, and other goodly creatures, to secure them against fascination ."
    • Fascination The state or condition of being fascinated.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n fascination The act of bewitching; enchantment; hence, a subtle, irresistible influence upon the imagination, reason, or will. It was formerly generally believed, and still is believed by uneducated and barbarous people, that certain persons have the power of inflicting various diseases and evils on individuals by using certain words or spells, or by a look, without coming in contact with them or administering anything to them; against this fascination divers medicines, amulets, and ceremonies have been used. (See captation, 2.) The notion of the “evil eye,” which still exists, is a vestige of this superstition. (See the evil eye, under evil.) Of the lower animals fascination, as a power exerted or as an effect, has been almost universally attributed to venomous reptiles, as the rattlesnake or the cobra, with much evidence in its favor upon the face of observed incidents, but as yet without satisfactory scientific determination.
    • n fascination A fascinating influence upon the passions and affections; a powerful attraction; a spell; a charm: as, the fascinations of society.
    • n fascination The state of being fascinated or bewitched, or under the sway of a powerful attraction or a commanding and more or less mysterious influence; specifically, a certain hypnotic state. See the extract.
    • n fascination Synonyms Spell, charm, magic, sorcery, witchery.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Fascination the act of charming: power to harm by looks or spells: mysterious attractive power exerted by a man's words or manner: irresistible power of alluring: state of being fascinated
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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.”
  • Susan Sontag
    Susan%20Sontag
    “Boredom is just the reverse side of fascination: both depend on being outside rather than inside a situation, and one leads to the other.”
  • Andy Warhol
    Andy%20Warhol
    “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.”
  • Nora Ephron
    Nora Ephron
    “I am continually fascinated at the difficulty intelligent people have in distinguishing what is controversial from what is merely offensive.”
  • Ronald Wright
    Ronald Wright
    “Societies that do not eat people are fascinated by those that do.”

Etymology

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

Usage

In literature:

The tale is written in Mr. Alger's most fascinating style.
"Gascoyne, The Sandal Wood Trader" by R. M. Ballantyne
But when she chose to be gay and fascinating she was irresistible.
"The Honorable Miss" by L. T. Meade
Never was there such and big and fascinating inmate of the lower fifth before.
"The Rebel of the School" by Mrs. L. T. Meade
His spotless workroom had a fascination for the youngsters.
"Slippy McGee, Sometimes Known as the Butterfly Man" by Marie Conway Oemler
It had for him a morbid fascination.
"Kenny" by Leona Dalrymple
She fascinated; her eyes were pitfalls; men looked into them but to tumble in.
"The Grey Cloak" by Harold MacGrath
Half shy, half fascinated, he stood looking at this stranger, who suddenly threw her arms around him.
"The Northern Light" by E. Werner
He read Plato, being even more fascinated by the exquisite technique of the dialectic than by the ethical value of the teaching.
"Austin and His Friends" by Frederic H. Balfour
Brent leaned over, fascinated.
"The Master Mystery" by Arthur B. Reeve and John W. Grey
The awakening is to a realization of conflict with the seen and unseen environment, with forces within and fascinations without.
"The Ascent of the Soul" by Amory H. Bradford
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In poetry:

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
Then away to Aberfoyle, Rob Roy's country,
And gaze on the magnificent scenery.
A region of rivers and mountains towering majestically
Which is lovely and fascinating to see.
"Beautiful Aberfoyle" by William Topaz McGonagall
The same;
And I'm that Jupiter of mighty fame;
The chief supreme who rules above the skies;
Be thou the lad with fascinating eyes,
Though not so handsome, nor in truth so young.
"The Little Dog" by Jean de La Fontaine

In news:

I have a fascination with islands.
I finally got around to reading Ezra Klein's interesting take on what I consider to be a fascinating subject: the power of presidents to persuade the public.
Seattle maverick brews fascinating orchestral pop, enlists David Byrne, Mirah, Caetano Veloso, more to sing.
Check out this fascinating new graphic analysis from the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life.
The New York Times recently took a fascinating look at the practice of confession at a parish in Stamford, Conn.
I've been fascinated by leadership and winning for as long as I can remember.
American pop culture has been heartily indulging its fascination with a hopped-up, watered-down update of traditional jump blues, evidenced most readily by the rise of neo-swing.
Today, thanks to ABC News and Yahoo, who teamed up to interview every single GOP candidate, we learned a lot of random, mostly useless, but incredibly fascinating things about the Republicans who hope to be president.
Logan Wiens' path to Coppin State is a fascinating one.
There is something so fascinating about the rise of first-person perspective videos on the Internet.
Brian is pushed to the limit with Cody's excessive "Game of Thrones" references, but then discovers a fascinating fact about his wiley producer.
Thomas Craughwell uncovers a fascinating sidelight to history in his new book, "Thomas Jefferson's Crème Brulee " (973.460).
A visit in May reveals few tourists — just the Kvarners as they've always been: Serene and full of fascinating history and friendly people.
NYC Titanic exhibition examines fascination with the ill-fated ship, has original artifacts.
The culture of secrecy has fascinated observers and participants for decades.
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In science:

In 1978, a fascinating analysis of communication in asynchronous systems was suggested by Leslie Lamport .
Causality, Knowledge and Coordination in Distributed Systems
For many years the theory community has attempted to explain this fascinating problem by assuming an underlying symmetry acting horizontally between the three known families, namely the FLAvor SYmmetry.
Proceedings of the first workshop on Flavor Symmetries and consequences in Accelerators and Cosmology (FLASY2011)
Our results indicate the fascinating possibility of backreaction being responsible for not only the present acceleration as shown in earlier works [9, 16], but also leading to a transition to another decelerated era in the future.
Effect of cosmic backreaction on the future evolution of an accelerating universe
Free fluid-fluid interfaces produce fascinating patterns in nature.
Deformation of a free interface pierced by a tilted cylinder
Just before writing the "Entwurf" paper with Grossmann, Einstein struggled with these new tools in a small blue Notebook –named by scholars the "Zurich Notebook".21 Einstein filled 43 pages of this notebook with calculations, while he was fascinated with Riemann's calculus.
Genesis of general relativity - Discovery of general relativity
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