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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
Recent Examples of enthrall from the Web
Yet another way to think of his election is that the party’s climate has grown increasingly hospitable to the demagogues who come along regularly to enthrall the right.
Among the film composers presently active in Hollywood studios, there aren’t many whose music can enthrall you without any movie around them.
In the decades since then, Ronald Reagan (always a movie believer) would enthrall himself with dreams of star wars fireworks as part of our defense strategy.
This is the proto-modernity that would eventually enthrall Manet and the other Spain-smitten Frenchmen who forged Modern painting in the 1860s.
Only time will tell if The Room will continue to enthrall in 2053.
Preachers are prone to engaging histrionics — call-and-responses, hoots and hollers and dramatic gestures — to enthrall their congregatoins.
When the travelers come, there is no shortage of ways to enthrall them.
To explain and enthrall us, Jonathan White — a sailor, surfer, marine conservationist and exceptional researcher and writer — offers a captivating examination of all things tidal.
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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.
catch one's eye;
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
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