Definition of fascination in English:

fascination

Syllabification: fas·ci·na·tion
Pronunciation: /ˌfasəˈnāSHən
 
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noun

1The power to fascinate someone; the quality of being fascinating: television has always held a fascination for me
More example sentences
  • The idea of "document" seems to have a promising fascination for the twenty-first century psyche.
  • The Himalayan region has long held a particular fascination for the western mind.
  • In the 1970s, the enthusiasm of many obstetricians for electronic foetal monitoring was in fact a real fascination.
Synonyms
interest, preoccupation, passion, obsession, compulsion; allure, lure, charm, attraction, intrigue, appeal, pull, draw
1.1The state of being fascinated: he had a lifelong fascination with science
More example sentences
  • I watched all the big fish with morbid fascination.
  • I suppose we all have a fascination with death.
  • He also expanded his concept of history into the contemporary period through a fascination with international affairs.

Usage

The two senses of fascination each take a different preposition. A person has a fascination with something they are very interested in ( her fascination with the royal family), whereas something interesting holds a fascination for a person ( words have always held a fascination for me). The Oxford English Corpus shows that the distinction is often blurred today, but it should be maintained in careful writing.

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