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fascinate

verb allure, appeal to, attract, beguile, bewitch, captivate, capture, charm, coax, compel, delight, enamor, enchant, engage, engross, enrapture, enthrall, grab, grip, hold attraction for, hold interest, hold spelllound, hypnotize, infatuate, influence, interest, intoxicate, invite, kindle, mesmerize, overpower, overwhelm, pique, please, provoke, seize, stimulate, stir, transfix, win over
See also: engage, engross, immerse, interest, occupy
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Sedley's lodgings; he put one or two dexterous questions to him about India and the dancing-girls there; asked Amelia about that beautiful boy who had been with her; and complimented the astonished little woman upon the prodigious sensation which she had made in the house; and tried to fascinate Dobbin by talking of the late war and the exploits of the Pumpernickel contingent under the command of the Hereditary Prince, now Duke of Pumpernickel.
What fascinates Fincher and screenwriter James Vanderbilt isn't the Zodiac Killer or his methods or the coded letters he sent to the killer was never caught.
This terrible paradox--that caring, responsible individuals can engage in acts of brutality--both baffles and fascinates me.