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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At that point, Marciano was an icon, and the public fascination exhibited by those officers would foreshadow his tragic final chapter. Chris Brodeur, courant.com, "UConn Professor Chronicles Rocky Marciano's Rise Set Against Boxing's Murky Underworld," 12 July 2018 In three short tales, Philip C. Stead honors the gentle fascinations of young childhood, when even a small event can seem like a big occasion. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, "Children’s Books: Meeting the People in the Paintings," 5 July 2018 The fascination with the Murchison letter lingered after the election was over. Robert Mitchell, Washington Post, "The fake letter historians believe tipped a presidential election," 21 June 2018 Since Kim Kardashian West first catapulted to fame from her formative reality-TV beginnings, her beauty has captured the public fascination—and inspired a million doppelgängers along the way. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "4 Times Kim Kardashian West Disrupted the Beauty Space," 4 June 2018 All these references serve to represent the fascination and costuming around death that inspired Michele more than the afterlife itself. Sarah Spellings, The Cut, "9 References to Death in Gucci’s Cruise Show," 31 May 2018 Just a simple scroll through his timeline shows Peters’ fascination with Mexican grill chain. Clevis Murray, azcentral, "Phoenix Suns' Alec Peters searching for NBA role," 9 July 2018 This fascination tells us more about ourselves than Sosa, who is demonstrating that foolish consistency said to be the hobgoblin of little minds. Phil Rosenthal, chicagotribune.com, "Sammy Sosa's PED story doesn't change, so why are we still writing it?," 29 June 2018 That fascination has found some of its greatest expression on film. Pam Grady, SFChronicle.com, "Cinematic dinosaurs roared long before the first ‘Jurassic’ movie," 14 June 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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