fascination

[fas-uh-ney-shuhn]
noun
1.
the power or action of fascinating.
2.
the state or an instance of being fascinated: They watched in fascination.
3.
a fascinating quality; powerful attraction; charm: the fascination of foreign travel.
4.
Cards. a form of solitaire.

Origin:
1595–1605; < Latin fascinātiōn- (stem of fascinātiō) a bewitching. See fascinate, -ion

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fascinate (ˈfæsɪˌneɪt)
 
vb
1.  to attract and delight by arousing interest or curiosity: his stories fascinated me for hours
2.  to render motionless, as with a fixed stare or by arousing terror or awe
3.  archaic to put under a spell
 
[C16: from Latin fascināre, from fascinum a bewitching]
 
usage  A person can be fascinated by or with another person or thing. It is correct to speak of someone's fascination with a person or thing; one can also say a person or thing has a fascination for someone
 
'fascinatedly
 
adv
 
fasci'nation
 
n
 
'fascinative
 
adj

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fascination
c.1600, from L. fascinationem, noun of action from fascinare (see fascinate).
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Example sentences
The way people respond to tragedy has a prurient interest for outsiders, but art transcends mere fascination.
From that meeting, my interest and fascination with the royal family really stemmed.
But they have something else: presence, or maybe allure, fascination or magic.
How can anyone be this narcissistic, you wonder in disbelief, in appalled
  fascination.
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