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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [fas-uh-ney-ting]
    • /ˈfæs əˌneɪ tɪŋ/
    • /ˈfæs.ɪ.neɪ.tɪŋ/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fas-uh-ney-ting]
    • /ˈfæs əˌneɪ tɪŋ/

Definitions of fascinating word

  • adjective fascinating of great interest or attraction; enchanting; charming; captivating: a fascinating story; fascinating jewelry. 1
  • verb with object fascinating to attract and hold attentively by a unique power, personal charm, unusual nature, or some other special quality; enthrall: a vivacity that fascinated the audience. 1
  • verb with object fascinating to arouse the interest or curiosity of; allure. 1
  • verb with object fascinating to transfix or deprive of the power of resistance, as through terror: The sight of the snake fascinated the rabbit. 1
  • verb with object fascinating Obsolete. to bewitch. 1
  • verb with object fascinating Obsolete. to cast under a spell by a look. 1

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Origin of fascinating

First appearance:

before 1640
One of the 44% oldest English words
First recorded in 1640-50; fascinate + -ing2

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Parts of speech for Fascinating


fascinating popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 79% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for fascinating

adj fascinating

  • alluring — Someone or something that is alluring is very attractive.
  • intriguing — to arouse the curiosity or interest of by unusual, new, or otherwise fascinating or compelling qualities; appeal strongly to; captivate: The plan intrigues me, but I wonder if it will work.
  • gripping — holding the attention or interest intensely; fascinating; enthralling: a gripping play; a gripping book.
  • riveting — a metal pin for passing through holes in two or more plates or pieces to hold them together, usually made with a head at one end, the other end being hammered into a head after insertion.
  • appealing — Someone or something that is appealing is pleasing and attractive.

adjective fascinating

  • enthralling — Capturing and holding one's attention; fascinating.
  • mesmerising — to hypnotize.
  • mesmerizing — to hypnotize.
  • absorbing — An absorbing task or activity interests you a great deal and takes up all your attention and energy.
  • beguiling — Something that is beguiling is charming and attractive.

Antonyms for fascinating

adj fascinating

  • repulsive — causing repugnance or aversion: a repulsive mask.
  • boring — Someone or something boring is so dull and uninteresting that they make people tired and impatient.
  • uninteresting — engaging or exciting and holding the attention or curiosity: an interesting book.
  • repellent — causing distaste or aversion; repulsive.

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