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fascination

[fas-uh-ney-shuh n] /ˌfæs əˈneɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
the power or action of fascinating.
2.
the state or an instance of being fascinated:
They watched in fascination.
3.
a fascinating quality; powerful attraction; charm:
the fascination of foreign travel.
4.
Cards. a form of solitaire.
Origin
1595-1605
1595-1605; < Latin fascinātiōn- (stem of fascinātiō) a bewitching. See fascinate, -ion
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Examples from the web for fascination
  • The way people respond to tragedy has a prurient interest for outsiders, but art transcends mere fascination.
  • From that meeting, my interest and fascination with the royal family really stemmed.
  • But they have something else: presence, or maybe allure, fascination or magic.
  • How can anyone be this narcissistic, you wonder in disbelief, in appalled fascination.
  • But there are certain anti-stimuli that overwhelm even my well-honed capacity for fascination.
  • It betrays the artist's fascination with the poetics and politics of parallel worlds.
  • The fish has been a source of fascination ever since.
  • Perhaps this explains my fascination with capturing bees for this month's photos.
  • The fascination of craftsmanship on a miniature scale is universal, attracting the sophisticated and unsophisticated alike.
  • Worldwide fascination with these giants fuels a thriving industry.
Word Origin and History for fascination
n.

c.1600, from Latin fascinationem (nominative fascinatio), noun of action from past participle stem of fascinare (see fascinate).

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