Fascinate

Fas"ci*nate

(?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Fascinated (?), p. pr. & vb. n.. Fascinating ().] [L. fascinare; cf. Gr. to slander, bewitch.] 1. To influence in an uncontrollable manner; to operate on by some powerful or irresistible charm; to bewitch; to enchant.
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It has been almost universally believed that . . . serpents can stupefy and fascinate the prey which they are desirous to obtain.
Griffith (Cuvier).
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2. To excite and allure irresistibly or powerfully; to charm; to captivate, as by physical or mental charms.
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There be none of the passions that have been noted to fascinate or bewitch but love and envy.
Bacon.

Syn. -- To charm; enrapture; captivate; enchant; bewitch; attract.
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