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[fas-uh-ney-shuh n] /ˌfæs əˈneɪ ʃən/
the power or action of fascinating.
the state or an instance of being fascinated:
They watched in fascination.
a fascinating quality; powerful attraction; charm:
the fascination of foreign travel.
Cards. a form of solitaire.
Origin of fascination
1595-1605; < Latin fascinātiōn- (stem of fascinātiō) a bewitching. See fascinate, -ion Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • I am bound to admit that there is a certain amount of fascination to me in the contemplation of any such thing.

    A Maker of History E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • There is a fascination in this view in its capacity for change.

  • He sprang to his feet, clasped his head with his hands, and gazed upon that tiny opening with the fascination of horror.

    A Daughter of the Forest Evelyn Raymond
  • She has the fascination of great pride and the magic of manners.

    The Man Shakespeare Frank Harris
  • There was about her a fascination I cannot explain, a something independent of externals—a witchery to be felt but not defined.

Word Origin and History for fascination

c.1600, from Latin fascinationem (nominative fascinatio), noun of action from past participle stem of fascinare (see fascinate).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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