Fascination Fas`ci*na"tion, n. [L. fascinatio; cf. F. fascination.] 1. The act of fascinating, bewitching, or enchanting; enchantment; witchcraft; the exercise of a powerful or irresistible influence on the affections or passions; unseen, inexplicable influence. [1913 Webster]

The Turks hang old rags . . . upon their fairest horses, and other goodly creatures, to secure them against fascination. --Waller. [1913 Webster]

2. The state or condition of being fascinated. [1913 Webster]

3. That which fascinates; a charm; a spell. [1913 Webster]

There is a certain bewitchery or fascination in words. --South. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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