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enamor

or (especially British) enamour

[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.
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
  • So at least thought Mendel, and so thought a score of enamored youths beside.

    Rabbi and Priest Milton Goldsmith
  • The character of the correspondence was such as the average healthy man would address to a woman with whom he was enamored.

  • "Surrounded by enamored admirers, no doubt," remarked the clerk.

    Eventide Effie Afton
  • 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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