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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The capability of eliciting intense interest or of being very attractive.
  • n. The state of being intensely interested or attracted: listened in fascination.
  • n. An intensely interesting, attractive quality or trait.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of fascinating, bewitching, or enchanting; enchantment; witchcraft; the exercise of a powerful or irresistible influence on the affections or passions; unseen, inexplicable influence.
  • n. The state or condition of being fascinated.
  • n. That which fascinates; a charm; a spell.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of fascinating, bewitching, or enchanting; enchantment; witchcraft; the exercise of a powerful or irresistible influence on the affections or passions; unseen, inexplicable influence.
  • n. The state or condition of being fascinated.
  • n. That which fascinates; a charm; a spell.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of bewitching; enchantment; hence, a subtle, irresistible influence upon the imagination, reason, or will.
  • n. A fascinating influence upon the passions and affections; a powerful attraction; a spell; a charm: as, the fascinations of society.
  • n. The state of being fascinated or bewitched, or under the sway of a powerful attraction or a commanding and more or less mysterious influence; specifically, a certain hypnotic state. See the extract.
  • n. Synonyms Spell, charm, magic, sorcery, witchery.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a feeling of great liking for something wonderful and unusual
  • n. the capacity to attract intense interest
  • n. the state of being intensely interested (as by awe or terror)

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