fas·​ci·​na·​tion | \ ˌfa-sə-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce fascination (audio) \

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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West isn't alone in her fascination with beauty: 69-percent of Gen Z-ers (who fall between the ages of seven and 22) use color cosmetics and 68-percent have a skin-care regimen, according to NPD research via WWD. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "North West, Age Five, Stars On Her First Solo Magazine Cover," 22 Feb. 2019 If that’s not Meg Ryan enough for you, this obsession obviously leads to a funeral meet-cute, where Harold is introduced to someone who also shares his fascination: A 79-year-old woman named Maude. Danny Murphy, Marie Claire, "Recasted: Who Would Star in a Reboot of Harold and Maude?," 12 Feb. 2019 But what carried me through that experience was a fascination with the country and its people that began in my Bard days and was nurtured by my teachers there. Matt Taibbi, Town & Country, "Is Bard the New Brown?," 25 Aug. 2014 As critic Lara Zarum wrote in the Village Voice following the release of Clint Eastwood’s The 15:17 to Paris, Hollywood has always had a fascination with quickly retelling tales of heroism, stretching back to the 1930s. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Competing movies about the Thai cave rescue are already in the works," 13 July 2018 Jack Payne Presenting insects in a context that allows us to explore our fascination with them instead of our revulsion to them opens a channel for real learning. Jack Payne, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Insects as art: How Florida can overcome the yuck factor," 9 July 2018 As the West’s entanglement with China has deepened since the 1990s, so too has fascination with the Opium War, and every China-watcher will want to read Stephen R. Platt’s fascinating and beautifully constructed new book. Ian Morris, New York Times, "The Opium War and the Humiliation of China," 2 July 2018 On the latter, only food, crafts and women’s fashion compete with home décor for clickability and fascination. Tim Gavan, WSJ, "What Interior Designers Hate to See on Instagram," 27 Feb. 2019 The series, with a cast including Isabelle Huppert, Corey Stoll, and John Slattery, should do plenty to keep that fascination alive. Adam Rathe, Town & Country, "Matthew Weiner Says Being a Romanoff Is "Almost Like Saying You’re a Kennedy"," 14 Oct. 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 How to pronounce fascination (audio) \

Kids Definition of fascination

: a great interest in or attraction to something

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