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enthralling = fesselnd, faszinierend, hinreißend --- GOOGLE INDEX enthralling: approximately 1,600,000 Google hits



The band first came together in a refugee camp and has been ENTHRALLING audiences with its special blend of Afrobeat, reggae and soul.

(The Daily Advertiser)

Senna was an all-thrills, many spills and naturally talented racer, whose career was defined by his ENTHRALLING rivalry with the skilled and precise driver that was Alain Prost.

(The Independent)

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present participle of the transitive verb enthral (US English = enthrall)

- capturing and holding one's attention; fascinating

(Oxford Dictionary)

Enthralling is an adjective that means exciting or fascinating, as well the present participle of the transitive verb enthral meaning to captivate or hold someone spellbound.

In Middle English enthrallen meant "to hold in thrall." "Thrall" then, as now, meant "bondage" or "slavery"; it comes from an Old Norse word, "thraell," which is probably related to an Old High German word for servant.

In the 16th century, the first known figurative use of "enthral" appeared in the following advice, translated from a Latin text by Thomas Newton: "A man should not . . . enthral his credit and honour to harlots." But we rarely use even this sense of mental or moral enslavement anymore.

Today the word is often used in the participle form (enthralled) and present participle form (enthralling), which sometimes means "temporarily spellbound" ("we listened, enthralled, to the old woman's oral history"), but more often suggests a state of being generally captivated, delighted, or taken by some particular thing.

(adapted from the Merriam Webster Dictionary)


absorbing, captivating, consuming, engrossing, exciting, interesting, fascinating, gripping, riveting

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