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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Still, Victoria understands the fascination, seeing as her entire family has been in the public eye for many years now. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Victoria Beckham Calls Divorce Rumors 'Annoying' and 'Frustrating'," 19 Jan. 2019 The public’s fascination with fatbergs really began last year, when crews discovered a world-record 150-ton fatberg in the sewers. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Watch London's Gross Fatberg Gruesomely Transform in Real Time," 15 Aug. 2018 The modern fascination with myth has never been free from an illiberal and anti-democratic agenda. Laurie Penny, Longreads, "Peterson’s Complaint," 12 July 2018 The $15 billion mattress industry is fully attuned to the growing American fascination with good sleep. Janine Wolf / Bloomberg, Time, "You Can Pay to Nap at This Mattress Company's New Store," 11 July 2018 Masks can be terrifying—see any horror movie for proof there—but on the Instagram page @Fashion_For_Bank_Robbers, masks exist as objects of fascination and beauty. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "“Fashion For Bank Robbers” Is an Insta-Obsession for the Anti-Selfie Set," 17 Apr. 2019 Many Britons feel a mix of frustration, fascination and shame at the ongoing political chaos. Jill Lawless, The Seattle Times, "Shame, sadness in UK as Brexit reveals Parliament’s flaws," 14 Apr. 2019 Like a cinematographer racking focus, Mr. López was frequently able to draw the ear from one fascination to the next. Seth Colter Walls, New York Times, "Review: An Artist’s Transporting Sounds (Blindfold Optional)," 27 June 2018 So much movement and fascination of your favorite team adding a star player, or just someone new is always exciting. Nicholas Talbot, San Antonio Express-News, "Writers’ Roundtable: Who should the Spurs target in the NBA Draft?," 16 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 How to pronounce fascination (audio) \

Kids Definition of fascination

: a great interest in or attraction to something

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