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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One of the key figures in European history, Napoleon remains a source of fascination. Fox News, "Grisly amputated limbs, French howitzer shell, discovered at Battle of Waterloo site," 19 July 2019 Susie Lau, Gary Pepper Girl’s Nicole Warne, and Man Repeller’s Leandra Medine sat front row at the shows and became subjects of fascination for Oh and his comrades. Emily Farra, Vogue, "How Street Style Evolved in the 2010s—From Pre-Instagram to Peak Maximalism," 18 July 2019 At its purest, Mr Fea adds, pro-Trump sentiment among evangelicals exudes a kind of fascination with political power as an end in itself. The Economist, "When American evangelicals fall out," 5 July 2019 For as long as humans have lived on planet Earth, the moon has been a focus of fascination. Jenny Howard, National Geographic, "A brief history of moon exploration," 5 July 2019 Lennon didn’t express any surprise, though, when Mintz steered the conversation to that other topic, the one that was an object of fascination for millions of people around the world. David Gambacorta, Longreads, "Took You By Surprise: John and Paul’s Lost Reunion," 25 June 2019 The North Pole had been an object of European fascination since antiquity, and a goal of explorers throughout much of the 19th century. David James, Anchorage Daily News, "In 'To the Edges of the Earth,’ a look at the people who pushed human exploration to its limits," 22 June 2019 The involvement of the West explains much of the fascination with the Opium War compared to the bloodier Chinese civil conflicts mentioned above, or even the White Lotus Rebellion (1796–1805). Kenneth Pomeranz, The New York Review of Books, "Blundering into War," 6 June 2019 The in-flight moving map, object of fascination for travel geeks and impatient fliers, is going in a new direction. Scott Mccartney, WSJ, "Big News for People Who Spend Hours Staring at Maps on Planes," 17 Apr. 2019

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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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