enchantment vs fascination what difference

what is difference between enchantment and fascination

English

Alternative forms

  • inchantment

Etymology

From Middle English enchauntement, from Old French enchantement.

Pronunciation

  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ɪnˈtʃɑːntmənt/, /ənˈtʃɑːntmənt/, /ɛnˈtʃɑːntmənt/
  • (General American) IPA(key): /ɪnˈtʃæntmənt/, /ənˈtʃæntmənt/, /ɛnˈtʃæntmənt/

Noun

enchantment (countable and uncountable, plural enchantments)

  1. The act of enchanting or the feeling of being enchanted.
  2. Something that enchants; a magical spell.

Related terms

  • enchant

Translations



English

Etymology

From Latin fascinare (“to bewitch”), possibly from Ancient Greek βασκαίνιεν (baskaínien, to speak ill of; to curse)
Morphologically fascinate +‎ -ion

Pronunciation

  • (US) IPA(key): /fæsɪˈneɪʃən/
  • Rhymes: -eɪʃən

Noun

fascination (countable and uncountable, plural fascinations)

  1. (archaic) The act of bewitching, or enchanting
    Synonyms: enchantment, witchcraft
    • Little disappointed, then, she turned attention to “Chat of the Social World,” gossip which exercised potent fascination upon the girl’s intelligence.
  2. The state or condition of being fascinated.
    • 1934, Robert Ervin Howard, The People of the Black Circle
      Sliding down the shaft he lay still, the spear jutting above him its full length, like a horrible stalk growing out of his back.
      The girl stared down at him in morbid fascination, until Khemsa took her arm and led her through the gate.
    • 1913, Elizabeth Kimball Kendall, A Wayfarer in China
      But the compensations are many: changing scenes, long days out of doors, freedom from the bondage of conventional life, and above all, the fascination of living among peoples of primitive simplicity and yet of a civilization so ancient that it makes all that is oldest in the West seem raw and crude and unfinished.
  3. Something which fascinates.

Derived terms

  • dread fascination

Translations

References


French

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /fa.si.na.sjɔ̃/

Noun

fascination f (plural fascinations)

  1. fascination

Related terms

  • fasciner

Further reading

  • “fascination” in Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).

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