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[en-thrawl] /ɛnˈθrɔl/
verb (used with object), enthralled, enthralling.
Related forms
enthralment, noun


[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
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  • She is less than enthralled with my new wife.
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  • Superior writing, fantastic storytelling and creative adherence to the theme will keep readers enthralled.
  • He was instantly enthralled by the language of economics.
  • Not everyone is enthralled by the singing professor, who has dozens of other science songs in his repertoire.
  • He is well aware that the British public is now far from enthralled with him.
  • Even some physical scientists who understand the incremental nature of research are less than enthralled.
  • They follow each motion, enthralled.
  • It is a game that will keep you enthralled for hours and hours.
  • Needless to say, the kids were absolutely enthralled by the show.
British Dictionary definitions for enthralled


verb (transitive) -thrals (US) -thralls, -thralling, -thralled
to hold spellbound; enchant; captivate
(obsolete) to hold as thrall; enslave
Derived Forms
enthraller, noun
enthralment, (US) enthrallment, noun
Word Origin
C16: from en-1 + thrall
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Word Origin and History for enthralled



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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