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 Alberses fell in love with Mexico—a fascination addressed in a separate chapter—and took numerous trips south of the border, absorbing lessons from ancient art and architecture. Ann Landi, WSJ, "What to Give: Books on Design," 15 Nov. 2018 Since moving from Belgium to London 17 years ago, the mother of two has developed a deep fascination with the British monarchy. Rose Minutaglio, Town & Country, "A Guest at Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank's Wedding Reveals What You Didn't See On Camera," 12 Oct. 2018 The couture houses likewise remain as silent as the Sphinx, never discussing their clients, so a fascination remains. Harper's BAZAAR, "Crazy Rich Couture," 15 Aug. 2018 Women’s dispatches from enemy territory hold a distinct fascination: The basic structures of misogyny are constitutional, and there is a pleasure, for many female readers at least, in seeing everyday structural unfairness reflected back in fiction. Stephanie Danler, New York Times, "Can Women Have It All? Not in Silicon Valley," 1 June 2018 More than two decades after Rachel Carson published The Edge of the Sea, another marine biologist developed a fascination with Maine’s littoral dwellers. Ben Goldfarb, Smithsonian, "How Seaweed Connects Us All," 31 May 2018 The warnings around Cruz seemed to flash like neon signs: expelled from school, fighting with classmates, a fascination with weapons and hurting animals, disturbing images and comments posted to social media, previous mental health treatment. CBS News, "School records shed new light on accused Florida shooter Nikolas Cruz," 18 Feb. 2018 Despite the failure, Utkin founded the Wagner Group in 2014, naming it after his nom de guerre, which was reportedly inspired by a fascination with Nazi Germany. Owen Matthews, Newsweek, "Putin’s Secret Armies Waged War in Syria—Where Will They Fight Next?," 17 Jan. 2018 Most of those poured in during the early months of Trump’s term, when the unorthodox president and his family became the subject of fascination on Chinese social media. Gerry Shih, The Seattle Times, "China greenlights large batch of Ivanka Trump trademark applications," 6 Nov. 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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