American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To hold an intense interest or attraction for. See Synonyms at charm.
- v. To hold motionless; spellbind.
- v. Obsolete To bewitch.
- v. To be irresistibly charming or attractive.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To bewitch; act on by witchcraft or by some analogous powerful or irresistible influence; hence, to influence the imagination, reason, or will of in an uncontrollable manner.
- To enchant; captivate; excite the passions or affections of, and allure powerfully or irresistibly.
- Synonyms Charm, etc. (see enchant); to throw or bring under a spell, hold spell-bound, entrance, enamour.
- To exercise a bewitching or captivating power.
- v. To evoke an intense interest or attraction in someone
- v. To make someone hold motionless; to spellbind
- v. To be irresistibly charming or attractive to
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To influence in an uncontrollable manner; to operate on by some powerful or irresistible charm; to bewitch; to enchant.
- v. To excite and allure irresistibly or powerfully; to charm; to captivate, as by physical or mental charms.
- v. attract; cause to be enamored
- v. cause to be interested or curious
- v. to render motionless, as with a fixed stare or by arousing terror or awe
- From Latin fascinātus, perfect passive participle of fascinō ("enchant, bewitch, fascinate"), from fascinum ("a phallus-shaped amulet worn around the neck used in Ancient Rome; witchcraft"). (Wiktionary)
- Latin fascināre, fascināt-, to cast a spell on, from fascinum, an evil spell, a phallic-shaped amulet. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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