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enthral

[en-thrawl] /ɛnˈθrɔl/
verb (used with object), enthralled, enthralling.
1.
Related forms
enthralment, noun

enthrall

[en-thrawl] /ɛnˈθrɔl/
verb (used with object)
1.
to captivate or charm:
a performer whose grace, skill, and virtuosity enthrall her audiences.
2.
to put or hold in slavery; subjugate:
to be enthralled by illusions and superstitions.
Also, inthral, inthrall.
Origin
1570-1580
1570-80; en-1 + thrall
Related forms
enthraller, noun
enthrallingly, adverb
enthrallment, noun
Synonyms
1. spellbind, enchant, transport, enrapture.
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Examples for enthralling
  • It might sound precious or tedious, but the control is enthralling.
  • There are those who see modern history as an enthralling tale of progress, and those who view it as one long nightmare.
  • Also, you do not have to spend much money to have an enthralling vacation.
  • Living dinosaurs-it's an enthralling concept that so many of us have dreamed about, and we're due for another great dinosaur film.
  • But the actual process of constructing something proves both accessible and enthralling.
  • He might have added, it is also about capturing and enthralling a new market.
  • It is not an enthralling voyage, by no means up to the earlier programs in the series.
  • It's easy too because the paintings are so visually enthralling.
  • It's enthralling to know that, shortly before a book's on-sale date, thousands upon thousands of copies are shipped out to stores.
  • These videos are from last summer, but there's a timeless, enthralling quality to them.
British Dictionary definitions for enthralling

enthral

/ɪnˈθrɔːl/
verb (transitive) -thrals (US) -thralls, -thralling, -thralled
1.
to hold spellbound; enchant; captivate
2.
(obsolete) to hold as thrall; enslave
Derived Forms
enthraller, noun
enthralment, (US) enthrallment, noun
Word Origin
C16: from en-1 + thrall

enthralling

/ɪnˈθrɔːlɪŋ/
adjective
1.
holding the attention completely; fascinating; spellbinding
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Word Origin and History for enthralling

enthrall

v.

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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