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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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  • So much more than singular was it to myself that it enthralled me.

    Lore of Proserpine Maurice Hewlett
  • He had been interested by the play when he read it, but now he was enthralled by it.

    The Foolish Lovers St. John G. Ervine
  • The audience were too enthralled by the younger player to think of such stage trifles.

  • Silvey beamed, enthralled as usual by John's fertile imagination.

    A Son of the City Herman Gastrell Seely
  • Her voluble confidences had enthralled him, and her reference of this matter to his judgment was enormously flattering.

    A Reversible Santa Claus Meredith Nicholson
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.

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