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enamor

[ih-nam-er] /ɪˈnæm ər/
verb (used with object)
1.
to fill or inflame with love (usually used in the passive and followed by of or sometimes with):
to be enamored of a certain lady; a brilliant woman with whom he became enamored.
2.
to charm or captivate.
Also, especially British, enamour.
Origin of enamor
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English enamouren < Old French enamourer. See en-1, amour
Related forms
enamoredness; especially British, enamouredness, noun
half-enamored, adjective
overenamored, adjective
self-enamored, adjective
unenamored, adjective
Synonyms
2. fascinate, bewitch, enchant, enrapture.
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  • You are enamored of them; they captivate you with their uncouth glamors; towards them you are drawn, eh?

    The Wolf Cub Patrick Casey
  • He described the particulars of his person with the detail of one enamored of a hero.

    The Dead Command Vicente Blasco Ibez
  • The character of the correspondence was such as the average healthy man would address to a woman with whom he was enamored.

  • Then the enamored old gentleman kissed her hand, and took his leave.

    City Crimes Greenhorn
  • I'm not enamored of a straight meat diet as a rule, but that evening I was in no mood to carp at anything half-way eatable.

    Raw Gold Bertrand W. Sinclair
Word Origin and History for enamored
adj.

1630s, past participle adjective from enamor.

enamor

v.

c.1300, from Old French enamorer "to fall in love with; to inspire love (12c., Modern French enamourer), from en-, causative prefix (see en- (1)), + amour "love," from amare "to love" (see Amy). An equivalent formation to Provençal, Spanish, Portuguese enamorar, Italian innamorare.

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