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 The second is a fascination with the second world war, a common reference point for Britons struggling to make sense of a crisis that left them simultaneously terrified and bored. The Economist, "Remembering Captain Sir Tom Moore," 6 Feb. 2021 But the fascination that has greeted the monolith these past few weeks feels significant, the sign of a jolt to the collective unconscious. New York Times, "A New Theory About the Monolith: We’re the Aliens," 28 Dec. 2020 Surely an explanation will come, puncturing the fascination that has grown around the monolith. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "Why We Love the Monolith," 3 Dec. 2020 Moreover, the replaying of Hitler’s Untergang compensates for the fetishistic fascination with Nazi iconography that is present all through contemporary culture. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, "Revisiting Hitler’s Final Days in the Bunker," 2 Dec. 2020 So what’s driving the current pop culture fascination? Elizabeth Gulino, refinery29.com, "Why Is Hollywood Obsessed With Killer Mums?," 25 Nov. 2020 That, naturally, led to the fascination with and eventual courting of Hunter. Nick Moyle, ExpressNews.com, "Texas coach Vic Schaefer already winning key recruiting battles in Houston," 12 Nov. 2020 There is her decadence and indelicate sense of fancy; her fascination with animals and with bodies, both otherworldly and profane. Merve Emre, The New Yorker, "How Leonora Carrington Feminized Surrealism," 21 Dec. 2020 Rumour has it that Bessie Smith once had to bail her out of jail after she was caught with one of her dancers, and her lyrics are full of allusions to her fascination with women. Anne Cohen, refinery29.com, "Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom Shines A Light On The Fierce Woman Behind The Greasepaint," 19 Dec. 2020

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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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24 Feb 2021

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“Fascination.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fascination. Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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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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