fas·​ci·​nat·​ing | \ ˈfas-ˌnā-tiŋ How to pronounce fascinating (audio) , ˈfa-sə-ˌnā-\

Definition of fascinating

: extremely interesting or charming : captivating a fascinating documentary gave a fascinating account of the expedition

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Other Words from fascinating

fascinatingly \ ˈfas-​ˌnā-​tiŋ-​lē How to pronounce fascinatingly (audio) , ˈfa-​sə-​ˌnā-​ \ adverb

Examples of fascinating in a Sentence

the fascinating cities and peoples of central Asia have been intriguing travelers at least since the time of Marco Polo the fascinating—but dubious—legend that Pocahontas rescued John Smith from certain death

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The serial killer’s Achilles’ heel is the very thing that makes him so fascinating: His urge to repeat himself. Dennis Drabelle, Washington Post, "‘American Predator’ reveals the chilling playbook of a serial killer," 3 July 2019 The fascinating part of NBA free agency is how players are leaving money on the table. Dave Hyde, sun-sentinel.com, "Hyde5: Heat deal Whiteside in win-win; now must salvage Jimmy Butler trade," 1 July 2019 The only candidate who spoke clearly about winning over voters who went for Donald Trump in 2016 was the fascinating fringe candidate Andrew Yang. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, "No More Chastened Democrats," 28 June 2019 Blessed with a thorough research team, Howard has also rounded up a range of fascinating performance footage from earlier in Pavarotti’s career, some of which is quite startling. Kenneth Turan, Detroit Free Press, "Ron Howard crafts an emotional tribute to Pavarotti," 27 June 2019 Titan has a fascinating environment, with a hydrocarbon atmosphere much thicker than Earth's atmosphere. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "NASA will fund a revolutionary mission to fly through Titan’s atmosphere," 27 June 2019 Hayes established himself as an unlikely lottery pick after flashing some fascinating potential with his soaring slams and mean blocks. Nick Moyle, ExpressNews.com, "Texas product Jaxson Hayes will be key part of new-look Pelicans," 26 June 2019 But his mentors seemed reluctant to consider this problem in all its fascinating dimensions. Christopher Tayler, Harper's magazine, "New Books," 24 June 2019 Despite Covenant and Prometheus (2012) being fascinating extensions of Scott’s original Alien (1979), audiences are still hankering for a reboot/sequel (requel) that falls closer to Aliens (1986). Richard Newby, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Hunger Games' and the Pitfalls of a Prequel," 22 June 2019

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First Known Use of fascinating

1638, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for fascinating

see fascinate

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English Language Learners Definition of fascinating

: very interesting or appealing


fas·​ci·​nat·​ing | \ ˈfa-sə-ˌnā-tiŋ\

Kids Definition of fascinating

: extremely interesting or charming a fascinating story

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