Definition of fascination in English:

fascination

noun

mass noun
  • 1The power to fascinate someone; the quality of being fascinating.

    ‘television has always held a fascination for me’
    • ‘Indeed, this lack of direct descendants is not least among the fascinations provided by "Into the Light."’
    • ‘That first good bullet, bright as a newly minted coin, has always been an item of fascination to me.’
    • ‘The preserved hull and associated museum will continue to hold a fascination for maritime and terrestrial archaeologists.’
    • ‘It is a game that provides an endless source of fascination as well as fuelling the odd argument.’
    • ‘It does have a horrible fascination - the ultimate reality show in action.’
    • ‘Some 80 years after its initial release, this wildly over-scaled silent melodrama retains a certain hothouse fascination.’
    • ‘In the 1970s, the enthusiasm of many obstetricians for electronic foetal monitoring was in fact a real fascination.’
    • ‘The idea of "document" seems to have a promising fascination for the twenty-first century psyche.’
    • ‘How he maintains his athletic prowess is a subject of fascination among his fans and consternation among his opponents.’
    • ‘The Himalayan region has long held a particular fascination for the western mind.’
    • ‘And the strange thing is that her life holds as much fascination for us here in Ireland as it does for the public across the water.’
    • ‘The snakes and spiders had a strange fascination.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, the topic has some fascination.’
    • ‘Certainly, spices added flavour interest to a dish, but their fascination resided primarily in their symbolic value.’
    • ‘Part of the fascination has been the use of many varied mathematical tools to solve the practical problems in coding.’
    • ‘For Fuhrman, the emergence of poetry as fruitful untruth is a source of fascination.’
    • ‘Much of the fascination Schwarzkogler holds is due to the sheer lack of available information.’
    • ‘The fascination about this musical is the exciting rock rhythms and the memorable, lyrical melodies.’
    • ‘It remains one of the best works ever written on the fascination that communism holds for generations of intellectuals.’
    • ‘However I can understand that there is a fascination in motor bikes and quads for young people.’
    interest, preoccupation, passion, obsession, compulsion, captivation, enchantment
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    1. 1.1 The state of being fascinated.
      ‘he had a lifelong fascination with science’
      • ‘Several children remained politely outside, staring in silent fascination at this new visitor in their midst.’
      • ‘A cheerful site for those of us with morbid fascination.’
      • ‘Part of the public's fascination lay in the author's somewhat eccentric lifestyle.’
      • ‘Their adventurous and inquisitive nature explains their fascination with the ancient beauty and splendor of Egypt.’
      • ‘I have always had a fascination for botanic gardens.’
      • ‘Several band members are historians and their fascination with Bulgaria's past drew the group together.’
      • ‘A casual view of some of our articles might suggest a morbid fascination with the dead.’
      • ‘This fascination with instant celebrity, focused on everyday people who find fame overnight, has been fueled by reality TV.’
      • ‘My fascination with on-stage French snow may seem strange.’
      • ‘The society hopes the exhibits will explain the fascination steam has aroused in the minds of the people.’
      • ‘It was the fascination with the poem's musicality that really got Ellison interested in writing.’
      • ‘The 65-year-old Rolling Stones singer has now revealed a fascination for Latin, the ancient language.’
      • ‘He also expanded his concept of history into the contemporary period through a fascination with international affairs.’
      • ‘The battles between the Rock and the Cobra spurred the fascination of the public.’
      • ‘There was, however, more than this in his fascination with Greek tragedy.’
      • ‘My fascination with this odd subject is hard to explain.’
      • ‘I suppose we all have a fascination with death.’
      • ‘I watched all the big fish with morbid fascination.’
      • ‘Like a lot of westerners, they had a fascination with the good life.’
      • ‘His true fascination was with the exploration of human character through facial expression.’

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

Pronunciation

fascination

/ˌfasɪˈneɪʃ(ə)n/