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Fascina'tion. n.s. [from fascinate.] The power or act of bewitching; enchantment; unseen inexplicable influence.

He had such a crafty and bewitching fashion, both to move pity and to induce belief, as was like a kind of fascination and enchantment to those that saw him or heard him. Bacon.

The Turks hang old rag, or such like ugly things, upon their fairest horses, and other goodly creatures, to secure them against fascination. Wader.

There is a certain bewitchery or fascination in words, which makes them operate with a force beyond what we can naturally give an account of. South's Sermons.

Sources: Bacon, Francis (396) · South, Robert (158) · Waller, Edmund (63)

Attributes: Noun Substantive (1269)

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