Etymology
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fascination (n.)

c. 1600, "act of bewitching," from Latin fascinationem (nominative fascinatio), noun of action from past-participle stem of fascinare "bewitch, enchant" (see fascinate). Meaning "state of being fascinated" is from 1650s; that of "fascinating quality, attractive influence upon the attention" is from 1690s.

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Definitions of fascination

fascination (n.)
the state of being intensely interested (as by awe or terror);
Synonyms: captivation
fascination (n.)
a feeling of great liking for something wonderful and unusual;
Synonyms: captivation / enchantment / enthrallment
fascination (n.)
the capacity to attract intense interest;
he held the children spellbound with magic tricks and other fascinations
From wordnet.princeton.edu