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Perhaps Cecilia was not so fascinating, but she was more attractive.

It's too romantic and fascinating for words—or to put into words.

Yet the fascinating possibility is like a taste for drink, or the glamour of cards.

I don't want you to take any trouble upon yourself, or to try to be fascinating.

He had great refinement of mind, broad ideas, and fascinating manners.

Monseigneur was out at a little supper most nights, with fascinating company.

These people are, moreover, of a fascinating cosmopolitanism.

It was fascinating to watch the animal's cunning play across his face.

The fascinating men, and the fashionable women that you would invite!

He has a fascinating habit of feeding himself with his paws.

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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