Definition of fascination in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌfasɪˈneɪʃ(ə)n/


[mass 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.
interest, preoccupation, passion, obsession, compulsion, captivation, enchantment;
allure, lure, allurement;
charm, attraction, intrigue, attractiveness, appeal, magnetism, 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.


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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Line breaks: fas¦cin|ation

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