Captivatingly



to attract and hold the attention or interest of, as by beauty or excellence; enchant:
Her blue eyes and red hair captivated him.
Obsolete. to capture; subjugate.
Historical Examples

Not a point in the story is overlooked, and every phase of meaning is captivatingly illustrated in pantomime.
Famous Prima Donnas Lewis Clinton Strang

The present sketch is captivatingly lifelike and thoroughly well-written, arousing a response from every lover of children.
Writings in the United Amateur, 1915-1922 Howard Phillips Lovecraft

She entered the room with an air of triumph, as who should say: “See how captivatingly beautiful I am!”
The Morals of Marcus Ordeyne William J. Locke

The “Stabat Mater” music would be captivatingly beautiful in any setting.
The Standard Oratorios George P. Upton

verb (transitive)
to hold the attention of by fascinating; enchant
an obsolete word for capture
v.

1520s, “to enthrall with charm,” from Late Latin captivatus, past participle of captivare “to take, capture,” from captivus (see captive). Literal sense (1550s) is rare or obsolete in English, which uses capture (q.v.). Latin captare “to take, hold” also had a transferred sense of “to entice, entrap, allure.” Related: Captivated; captivating; captivatingly.

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