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Her singing especially seemed to enchant and fascinate the girl.

He wished to try to fascinate her again, but she quieted him with a movement of her hands.

The subject of cannibals seemed especially to fascinate her.

I'll tell you this much, there are implications about this case that fascinate me!

But the sound of Peter's narrative seemed to fascinate—to hypnotize him.

What could it be that had such a power to fascinate the whole tribe?

Her instinct was to rouse, charm, fascinate her little audience.

It did not fascinate him, as did the story of the wandering prince.

The rock seemed to fascinate him as the eyes of a snake fascinate a bird.

This book is one to fascinate every intelligent American boy.

WORD ORIGIN

1590s, "bewitch, enchant," from Middle French fasciner (14c.), from Latin fascinatus, past participle of fascinare "bewitch, enchant, fascinate," from fascinus "spell, witchcraft," of uncertain origin. Possibly from Greek baskanos "bewitcher, sorcerer," with form influenced by Latin fari "speak" (see fame (n.)).

The Greek word might be from a Thracian equivalent of Greek phaskein "to say;" cf. also enchant, and German 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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