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captivation

Noun

1 the state of being intensely interested (as by awe or terror) [syn: fascination]
2 a feeling of great liking for something wonderful and unusual [syn: enchantment, enthrallment, fascination]

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English

Noun

  1. The act of captivating or the state of being captivated.

Quotations

  • 1851 Henry Theodore Tuckerman - Characteristics of Literature: Illustrated by the Genius of Distinguished Writers
    But the test of an oration is not only its immediate effect; there are tricks of elocution, a jugglery of manner, and even a personal captivation that so win the senses as to bewilder the judgment.
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