spellbinding
[ spel-bahynd-ing ]
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Part of SpeechverbOrigin + Etymology
Late-18th century; combination of spell, from the shortening of the Old French espeller, and bind, from the Old English bindan, of Germanic origin; related to the Dutch and the German binden, from an Indo-European root shared by Sanskrit bandh, + the suffix -ing
Synonyms
verb
arrestingcaptivatingengrossingenthralling
Antonyms
verb
boringrepulsiveuninteresting
Definition
verbholding one's attention completely as though by magic; fascinating
Examples
verbA) The ballet performance was so spellbinding, it had Louise on the edge of her seat. B) The vivid, spellbinding colors of the dress were perfect to dazzle everyone on the red carpet.
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