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tr.v. en·thralled, en·thrall·ing, en·thralls
1. To hold spellbound; captivate: The magic show enthralled us.
2. To enslave.

[Middle English, to put in bondage : en-, causative pref.; see en-1 + thrall, slave; see thrall.]

en·thrall′ing·ly adv.
en·thrall′ment n.
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Noun1.enthrallment - a feeling of great liking for something wonderful and unusual
liking - a feeling of pleasure and enjoyment; "I've always had a liking for reading"; "she developed a liking for gin"


Total occupation of the attention or of the mind:
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What is problematic with this traditional transcendent method is that it "has renounced a spontaneous relation to the object," and, for Adorno, "[d]ialectics must guard against this no less than against enthrallment in the cultural object" and "can subscribe neither to the cult of the mind nor the hatred of it" (33).
Moreover, for every fascination with a modern technological development traceable in Stravinsky, one could just as readily point to an enthrallment with the past: formal constructions leaving off where others begin; ideas not affecting or contaminating each other while they last; materials following from their opposites.
The sense that contemporary visual arts intervene between the human soul and the real hints at a deeper critique, one that stresses not so much our passivity before images but our enthrallment and devotion to them.
Keeping the enthrallment for the next royal baby positive, the palace has recently announced Middleton's due date.
his daily swimming routine), and his enthrallment to the Other's gaze (e.
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Non-Fiction: Empire Antarctica by Gavin Francis "This awe-inspiring chronicle of his travels is a memoir of a modern day pioneer, one who writes with a descriptive flourish that is part education, part enthrallment and wholly entertaining.
There does not seem to be any enthrallment among the group to reach any semblance of an accord over certain nationally engrained issues, namely the nuclear impasse.
a visual spell, an enthrallment to the image in its present of time" (301, 303).
My enthrallment with science began with thoughts of becoming a physician.
If opium-eating be a sensual pleasure, and if I am bound to confess that I have indulged in it to an excess, not yet recorded of any other man, it is no less true, that I have struggled against this fascinating enthrallment with a religious zeal, and have, at length, accomplished what I never yet heard attributed to any other man--have untwisted, almost to its final links, the accursed chain which fettered me.