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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The Clippers will be a source of endless fascination, what with their two landmark additions and their health to consider. Rob Mahoney, SI.com, "Breaking Down the Top 20 Games of the 2019-20 NBA Season," 12 Aug. 2019 This quirky fascination, though, just may be the perfect symbol for their unique manner of riffing on stuffy tradition in unexpected ways. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Fettle Design Has a Knack for Creating Hip Hotels and Restaurants," 31 July 2019 And yet one senses, in her boundless fascination with the unsettled and in-between, a link to the difficulties her own group has faced. Abigail Deutsch, Harper's magazine, "Bette on the Blues," 22 July 2019 Marín, who was born in the Mexican state of Michoacán in 1963, says his art expresses a fascination with not only the human form, but with the concept of human liberty and movement. Allison Boerger, San Antonio Express-News, "S.A. to have permanent huge selfie wings in Hemisfair," 2 May 2018 His fascination with these animals centers on their specialized venoms, which allow the wasps to be masterful physiological puppeteers. Quanta Magazine, "Moonlighting Genes Evolve for a Venomous Job," 22 June 2017 The Big Island of Hawaii holds particular fascination for him. Nancy Kruh, PEOPLE.com, "Hunter Hayes Hits 'Reset' with New Album: 'This Was My Chance to Start Over as If No One Was Watching'," 16 Aug. 2019 The British public was reluctant to believe it, and the final days of the Franklin expedition remained the subject of enduring fascination and mythmaking. National Geographic, "In 1845 explorers sought the Northwest Passage—then vanished," 8 Aug. 2019 The other documentaries in the works are: Hip-Hop Untold, a six-part examination of America’s criminalization of the genre and fascination with the street culture that exists within it. Rosy Cordero, EW.com, "Tupac Shakur and mother Afeni getting documentary treatment at FX," 7 Aug. 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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