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Examples of enthrall in a sentence
enthralled by the flickering fire in the hearth, we lost all track of time
for years these master magicians have been enthralling audiences with their astounding illusions
Did You Know?
In Middle English, enthrallen meant "to hold in thrall." "Thrall" then, as now, meant "bondage" or "slavery"; it comes from an Old Norse word, "thraell," which is probably related to an Old High German word for servant. In the 16th century, the first known figurative use of "enthrall" appeared in the following advice, translated from a Latin text by Thomas Newton: "A man should not . . . enthrall his credit and honour to Harlots." But we rarely use even this sense of mental or moral enslavement anymore. Today the word is often used in its participle form, "enthralled," which sometimes means "temporarily spellbound" ("we listened, enthralled, to the old woman's oral history"), but more often suggests a state of being generally captivated, delighted, or taken by some particular thing.
Origin and Etymology of enthrall
First Known Use: 15th century
ENTHRALL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of enthrall for English Language Learners
: to hold the attention of (someone) by being very exciting, interesting, or beautiful
ENTHRALL Defined for Kids
Definition of enthrall for Students
: to hold the attention of completely The show enthralls audiences.
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