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The first impression of so strange a scene was engrossing admiration.

Marry, you are right; you make an engrossing topic—you and your debauched father.

They prevented that engrossing study, which was often more than her health could bear.

The most fascinating, engrossing and picturesque of the season's novels.

It kept me from dwelling too exclusively on one engrossing subject.

Then fame came to her, great sorrow and engrossing duties to me.

The sight might well turn us even from our engrossing interchange of memories.

It was Musard who broached the subject which was engrossing their minds.

Fully as engrossing as anything from the pen of Hesba Stretton.

You have no idea how engrossing such a profession may become.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1400, "to buy up the whole stock of" (in Anglo-French from c.1300), from Old French en gros "in bulk, in a large quantity, at wholesale," as opposed to en detail. See gross.

Figurative sense of "absorb the whole attention" is first attested 1709. A parallel engross, meaning "to write (something) in large letters," is from Anglo-French engrosser, from Old French en gros "in large (letters)." Related: Engrossed; engrossing.

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