enthrallment vs fascination what difference

what is difference between enthrallment and fascination



enthrall +‎ -ment


enthrallment (countable and uncountable, plural enthrallments)

  1. The act of enthralling or the state of being enthralled



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


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


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





  • IPA(key): /fa.si.na.sjɔ̃/


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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