Fas"ci*nate (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Fascinated (?), p. pr. & vb. n.. Fascinating ().] [L. fascinare; cf. Gr. to slander, bewitch.]


To influence in an uncontrollable manner; to operate on by some powerful or irresistible charm; to bewitch; to enchant.

It has been almost universally believed that . . . serpents can stupefy and fascinate the prey which they are desirous to obtain. Griffith (Cuvier).


To excite and allure irresistibly or powerfully; to charm; to captivate, as by physical or mental charms.

there be none of the passions that have been noted to fascinate or bewhich but love and envy. Bacon.

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


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