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[en-thrawl] /ɛnˈθrɔl/
verb (used with object)
to captivate or charm:
a performer whose grace, skill, and virtuosity enthrall her audiences.
to put or hold in slavery; subjugate:
to be enthralled by illusions and superstitions.
Also, inthral, inthrall.
Origin of enthrall
1570-80; en-1 + thrall
Related forms
enthraller, noun
enthrallingly, adverb
enthrallment, noun
1. spellbind, enchant, transport, enrapture. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Light is a universal medium with which to attract attention and to enthrall mankind.

    Artificial Light M. Luckiesh
  • I am afraid I may frighten the company, frighten or enthrall them.

  • And he had scant fear, save that he might happen on men who should enthrall him.

    The Wood Beyond the World William Morris
  • Upon the brow determination sits; she is ever seeking whom she may enthrall.

    Charles Baudelaire, His Life Thophile Gautier
  • Can we not interest him in our books, enthrall him in the Chronicles of Kisington, so that he will cease to make war?

    Kisington Town Abbie Farwell Brown
  • Are the powers of light sufficiently great to enthrall mankind without the aid of form, music, action, or spoken words?

    Artificial Light M. Luckiesh
  • The surrounding mountains were in full panoply of their blazing October foliage, a scene to enthrall the dullest vision.

    Wanted: A Husband Samuel Hopkins Adams
  • Life ran very smoothly and courteously; and while she did not try to regain the affection, she strove to enthrall his intellect.

Word Origin and History for enthrall

also enthral "to hold in mental or moral bondage," 1570s, from en- (1) "make, put in" + thrall. Literal sense is from 1610s. Related: Enthralled; enthralling.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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