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
Recent Examples on the Web Women who kill their children have long held a morbid fascination for the public. BostonGlobe.com, "Understanding the motives of mothers involved in their children’s deaths - The Boston Globe," 28 Dec. 2019 This work sparked a fascination for Roche that is yet to abate. The Economist, "Death in the Alps," 20 Dec. 2019 Evans wears one sweater in particular that has become an object of lust and fascination for the public since the film débuted, in time for the Thanksgiving weekend. Rachel Syme, The New Yorker, "The Curious Case of Chris Evans’s Sweater," 18 Dec. 2019 Columnist Jarvis DeBerry wrote about how in America, our culture imbues young boys with a fascination for guns but considers any African American male with a gun to be a threat. cleveland, "What went into cleveland.com’s examination of the Tamir Rice case five years after police killed him: Letter from the Editor," 24 Nov. 2019 The vagaries of China’s vast Internet censorship apparatus, known as the Great Firewall, have long been a subject of fascination for the country’s 800 million Internet users. Washington Post, "Chinese Internet users are fascinated by a mysterious Web browser promising legal access to banned sites. They’re also very skeptical.," 15 Nov. 2019 Centuries later, after rubber’s properties had become a subject of fascination for European scientists, a Scottish chemist named Charles Macintosh got the idea to use it to affix two pieces of cloth together. Marc Bain, Quartzy, "The North Face’s new fabric is the latest attempt in an endless struggle to stay dry," 31 Oct. 2019 Showrunner Alena Smith and company spice things up by taking creative liberties, like infusing Emily’s world with modern slang and music, and personifying death (a subject of fascination for the poet) in a character played by Wiz Khalifa. Kristin Vartan, EW.com, "Here's everything you need to know about Hailee Steinfeld's Dickinson," 30 Oct. 2019 That uncomfortable mix of real emotion and calculated crisis PR is a subject of fascination for The Morning Show, which enlists Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon and Steve Carell in the flagship offering from Apple TV+. Judy Berman, Time, "The Morning Show," 28 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of fascination

1605, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of fascination was in 1605

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21 Jan 2020

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“Fascination.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fascination. Accessed 23 January 2020.

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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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out of the ordinary or unreasonable

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