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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR FASCINATES

There are times when it fascinates us with its whirling charm.

You feel I know not what primitive force which repels and yet fascinates you.

I don't like it as well as the other kind, though it fascinates me.

Fascinates the mind like the gathering and bursting of a storm.

It fascinates him like a game, and you often hear him describe it as a "game."

For there was something grand in Egerton,—something that commands and fascinates the young.

These are the men and women whom she fascinates and alienates.

I admire her very much; she fascinates and yet repels me, but I do not think I could love her very much.

And it is that which, above all, at once fascinates and intimidates us.

Certainly it fascinates as nothing else fascinates in Nature.

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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