quasifascinating

fascinating

[fas-uh-ney-ting]
adjective
of great interest or attraction; enchanting; charming; captivating: a fascinating story; fascinating jewelry.

Origin:
1640–50; fascinate + -ing2

fascinatingly, adverb
half-fascinating, adjective
half-fascinatingly, adverb
quasi-fascinating, adjective
quasi-fascinatingly, adverb
unfascinating, adjective
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fascinating (ˈfæsɪˌneɪtɪŋ)
 
adj
1.  arousing great interest
2.  enchanting or alluring: a fascinating woman
 
'fascinatingly
 
adv

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fascinate
1590s, "bewitch, enchant," from M.Fr. fasciner, from L. fascinatus, pp. of fascinare "bewitch, enchant," from fascinus "spell, witchcraft," of uncertain origin. Possibly from Gk. baskanos "bewitcher, sorcerer," with form influenced by L. fari "speak" (see fame). The Gk. word
may be from a Thracian equivalent of Gk. phaskein "to say;" cf. also enchant, and Ger. besprechen "to charm," from sprechen "to speak." Earliest used of witches and of serpents, who were said to be able to cast a spell by a look that rendered one unable to move or resist. Sense of "delight, attract" is first recorded 1815. Related: Fascinated; fascinating.
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