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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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Schmidt sees Cornella "ultimately linked with romantic enthrallment and marriage" (p.
Agnes" that "knights errant often undergo daemonic enthrallment to a nonmortal female," Patterson says that Madeline is distinctly not such a nonmortal female (114).
The book is a love story but also a tale of erotic enthrallment.
Ocular stimulation, Spenser so vividly reminds us, can climax either in an ascension to celestial truth, an engagement to Una, or, if the stimulation is too intense and the eyes "too busy," in an enthrallment to sensual delight.
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Conjuring--in which faith and stage craft are joined--is central to this play that wants to demystify various enthrallments, including the enthrallment of enlightened demystification; the play attacks both blind faith and those who are blind to the fact that, even as they attack "superstition," they are still true believers.
Schmidt sees Cornelia "ultimately linked with romantic enthrallment and marriage" (p.
Anger does it all, bending the essential stuff of cinema--color, rhythm, movement, sound, and oneiric images--into works that transport a viewer even while the filmmaker strips enthrallment and enchantment of any alibi of innocence.
The distinction between amazement and admiration, adduced by de Man to show Kant's enthrallment by rhyme, is drawn by Kant in the act of announcing that an affectless mind must amuse the affect of admiration.
Most of her Lacan comes secondhand through a variety of commentators (though one can hardly blame her for this), and despite her enthrallment to the Lacanian dogma about the displacement of desire in language, her readings of the texts in question finally hinge on stock Oedipal and pre-Oedipal themes--absent fathers and lost mothers.
The enthrallment of the rational ego to the drives of the id; the mendacity of memory; the incessant deferral of meaning that foils all real communication; the circular structure of understanding; the futility of identifying any ground at all for selfhood outside of language; the hegemonic authority that compels the self to realize itself in a condition of mimetic opposition--none of these possibilities is permitted to interfere with the vital argument that drives the book.
157), and Adams indicates his enthrallment by emitting more "deep Groans" and various cries, again commenting "with some Vehemence" (p.