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entrancing

[en-tran-sing, -trahn-] /ɛnˈtræn sɪŋ, -ˈtrɑn-/
adjective
1.
delightful; enchanting.
Origin of entrancing
1835-1845
1835-45; entrance2 + -ing2
Related forms
entrancingly, adverb

entrance2

[en-trans, -trahns] /ɛnˈtræns, -ˈtrɑns/
verb (used with object), entranced, entrancing.
1.
to fill with delight or wonder; enrapture.
2.
to put into a trance:
to be hypnotically entranced.
Origin
1585-95; en-1 + trance1
Related forms
entrancement, noun
unentranced, adjective
Synonyms
1. enthrall, spellbind, fascinate, transport.
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  • When Im once more in the land of Theocritus (and oh how entrancing it is) Ill be quite strong and well again, he says.

    William Sharp (Fiona Macleod) Elizabeth A. Sharp
  • He has before him a field of historical research of most entrancing interest.

    Clairvoyance Charles Webster Leadbeater
  • Terry O'Sullivan, with his entrancing bow, relinquished a pretty girl in blue to her partner and started back to find Maggie.

    The Four Million

    O. Henry
  • Those were years of depravity, but they were entrancing in memory.

    In a Little Town Rupert Hughes
  • Both of these books were previously unknown to my boyish ken, and I need hardly say how entrancing I found them.

    The White Squall John Conroy Hutcheson
  • She smiled with entrancing sweetness, and held out her hands.

    The Crooked House Brandon Fleming
  • She was not good-looking, but her face was entrancing because of its soulfulness.

    The Memoirs of Madame Vige Lebrun Marie Louise Elisabeth Vige-Lebrun
British Dictionary definitions for entrancing

entrance1

/ˈɛntrəns/
noun
1.
the act or an instance of entering; entry
2.
a place for entering, such as a door or gate
3.
  1. the power, liberty, or right of entering; admission
  2. (as modifier): an entrance fee
4.
the coming of an actor or other performer onto a stage
Word Origin
C16: from French, from entrer to enter

entrance2

/ɪnˈtrɑːns/
verb (transitive)
1.
to fill with wonder and delight; enchant
2.
to put into a trance; hypnotize
Derived Forms
entrancement, noun
entrancing, adjective
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Word Origin and History for entrancing

entrance

n.

1520s, "act of entering," from Middle French entrance, from entrer (see enter). Sense of "door, gate" first recorded in English 1530s.

v.

"to throw into a trance," 1590s, from en- (1) "put in" + trance (n.). Meaning "to delight" also is 1590s. Related: Entranced; entrancing.

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