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enthrall (one) with (something)

To capture and hold one's attention through a particular means. The baby is totally enthralled with that new mobile you hung above her crib—she just can't stop watching it. Susie is a great storyteller, so I'm sure she'll enthrall you all with her latest tale.
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enthrall someone with something

to charm or captivate someone with something. They enthralled us with the beauty of their singing. The children enthralled us with their rustic dances.
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Allowing that the origins of his "self-conquest" and "self-indulgent" opium consumption may appear suspicious, De Quincey nevertheless presents his opium-eating as perfectly in balance with itself: the "sensuality," "fascinating enthrallment," and "positive pleasure" of opium are offset by the "religious zeal" and the heroism of "untwist[ing], almost to its final links, the accursed chain" of habituation.
Chapter two deepens Braver's commitment to the worldly relation, overturning modernity's enthrallment with the construction of an idealized whole from discrete parts in favor of a world into which we are all always already thrown.
His personal failings were swiftly and unerringly identified with his political aspirations in a way that interlinked his "sexual irmnorality, his political deception, and his uxorious enthrallment as symptoms of his unmanly character" (54-5).
The audience witnessed that extraordinary moment, available only in live performance, when unified, passionate musical vision pushes past all expectations toward enthrallment. It was a performance that made one long to hear the full two-hour version of Vaughan Williams' treatment of "The Wasps."
Similarly, Sanchez observes that loss of emotional control in Sidney is attributed to the weak, or to the demonic, while in Spenser, the weak or the wicked 'are simply human', which makes it hard 'to distinguish between innocent and depraved desires, blissful harmony and self-destructive enthrallment' (p.
Most come under the enthrallment enforced by the world's blackest market, human trafficking.
It's really not sufficient to explain this enthrallment by saying that passivity is engendered by entertainment or our educational systems.
A member of the Provincetown Players, a group of writers and actors anxious to move American Theater away from its enthrallment with European productions, she was instrumental in gaining acceptance of such figures as Eugene O'Neill.
The text is overfull with references to enthrallment that apply, appropriately, given the text's upheaval of the status quo, to Delano rather than the slaves.
His work shows that the mental life of his Hindu patients--mostly male, if we keep to his own examples--is often pervaded by the "maternal enthrallment" produced by the Indian Oedipal complex.
In our Forum piece, "Coherent Confusion and Intentional Accidents," co-editor Bruce Barton explores how bluemouth inc.'s performance event Dance Marathon stirs our contemporary anxiety and enthrallment with surveillance.
How come I can't help adore you?" The terms of the relation here are powerful, connoting bliss and rapture, indeed Selma's mystified enthrallment to this imagined father-figure.
To wit, the eye-witness reports of Nazi party rallies, Stalinist marches, Klan gatherings etc., and the mass enthrallment with authoritarian leaders (Shirer, 1960; Goldhagen, 1996).
Leebaert highlights the American enthrallment with stars in an acerbic portrait of "The Doctor," Henry Kissinger, "the emergency man in the mode of audacious New Frontiersman." Leebaert makes fine sport of Kissinger's self-description (later rued) to Oriana Fallaci as "the cowboy who leads the wagon train by riding ahead alone on his horse, the cowboy who rides all alone into the town."
(47.) Elaine Jordan, "Enthrallment: Angela Carter's Speculative Fictions," in Plotting Change: Contemporary Women's Fiction, ed.