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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
  • I'll talk to Mr. Beecot, unless he prefers the fascination of the green cloth.

    The Opal Serpent Fergus Hume
  • 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
  • How strange that Mr. Floyd Grandon should not have yielded to her fascination!

    Floyd Grandon's Honor Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • 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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