spell·​bind·​ing | \ ˈspel-ˌbīn-diŋ How to pronounce spellbinding (audio) \

Definition of spellbinding

: holding the attention as if by a spell a spellbinding story

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spellbindingly \ -​diŋ-​lē How to pronounce spellbindingly (audio) \ adverb

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His spellbinding book, packed with details—the first official account of the propaganda and espionage war that raged before Pearl Harbor—not surprisingly caused a sensation. Bradley W. Hart, WSJ, "Five Best: Bradley W. Hart on the War Before World War II," 18 Jan. 2019 This makes for a spellbinding story, but boning up on the basics of World War I ahead of time will greatly expand anyone’s appreciation of the film. Chuck Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "What You Need To Know Before Watching "They Shall Not Grow Old"," 28 Dec. 2018 Prepare for even more magic — and possible promotional turkey basting — because Netflix just confirmed that Chilling Adventures of Sabrina will continue for two more spellbinding seasons. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, ""Chilling Adventures of Sabrina" Has Been Renewed for Seasons 3 and 4," 18 Dec. 2018 The Innovator Award went to Kacey Musgraves (who gave a spellbinding performance), and Hayley Kiyoko took the stage to accept the Rising Star Award after performing her song, Curious. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "Strong and Influential Females Were Recognized at Billboard's 2018 Women in Music Event," 7 Dec. 2018 Easy Girls Witch Costume Show off her spellbinding style and personality with a witch costume that's uniquely her. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "How to Make a Wicked-Easy Witch Costume for Halloween," 1 Aug. 2018 There is a spellbinding Berber dance originally from the Sahara called the guedra, performed by a kneeling woman who internalizes the insistent rhythm of the percussionist throughout her body. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "T&C Travel: Best of Morocco," 30 Mar. 2015 The sequel to the beloved franchise premiered at London's Palace Theatre in June 2016, and its spellbinding effects have finally made their way overseas to New York City's Lyric Theatre. Abby Jones, Billboard, "'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' Broadway Reviews: What the Critics Are Saying," 23 Apr. 2018 Her hyperactive mind and seemingly boundless energy translate to spellbinding concerts that recall her late mentor and friend Prince, both in their relentless vibrancy and their bold optimism for music’s — and the world’s — future. BostonGlobe.com, "The week ahead: music, theater, art, and more," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of spellbinding

1827, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of spellbinding was in 1827

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English Language Learners Definition of spellbinding

: holding your attention completely : extremely interesting, entertaining, etc.

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to mark by some ceremony or observation

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