fas·​ci·​na·​tion | \ ˌfa-sə-ˈnā-shən \

Definition of fascination

1a : the quality or power of fascinating
b : something fascinating
2 : the state of being fascinated : the state of feeling an intense interest in something

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Examples of fascination in a Sentence

the fascination that the subject of dinosaurs has for most children

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The same is true for Opportunity Zones, quasi-philanthropic projects that offer tax breaks for investing in undeveloped parts of the U.S. and remain a new fascination in the world of the megarich. Theodore Schleifer, Recode, "The 2019 IPO class headlined by Uber will create a ton of new wealth. Will the billions go to mansions or missions?," 20 Dec. 2018 Most importantly, The Bladerunner delivers a lot of cyberpunk’s best elements — like its complex, gritty social systems and its fascination with the human body — without the genre’s tired aesthetic tropes. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "The best Blade Runner anime would have nothing to do with Blade Runner," 2 Dec. 2018 But his writing also reveals a reverence and fascination for the worlds that drew him far from home. Brenda Cronin, WSJ, "Nobel Laureate V.S. Naipaul Dies at 85," 12 Aug. 2018 As the world will celebrate 75 years with the lessons of love and curiosity that so define The Little Prince and remind us that our fascination and universal adoration of Saint-Exupéry’s tale will never wane. Sam Spengler, Smithsonian, "The Beloved Classic Novel “The Little Prince” Turns 75 Years Old," 3 Apr. 2018 When the adults in their world beat each other up, Elena and Lila look on in open fascination. Anna North, Vox, "My Brilliant Friend pulls back the curtain on women’s lives. What it reveals is dark and violent.," 20 Nov. 2018 Well, 1972 saw the last of the half-dozen Apollo moon landing.{public fascination with space was drying up. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Russia Might Actually Build a Nuclear-Powered Rocket," 16 Nov. 2018 Finally, for book lovers, an MIT Technology Review story examined President Bill Clinton’s fascination with The Cobra Event, a 1997 novel about a biological weapon that causes victims to cannibalize themselves. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "Remembering Grim Fandango: this week in tech, 20 years ago," 3 Nov. 2018 At age 54, Jeff Bezos is more of a figure of public interest, fascination and scrutiny than ever. Theodore Schleifer, Recode, "$2 billion in charity is not enough for Jeff Bezos to slink out of the public limelight," 13 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of fascination

1605, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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fas·​ci·​na·​tion | \ ˌfa-sə-ˈnā-shən \

Kids Definition of fascination

: a great interest in or attraction to something

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