Can't look away? That's because something spellbinding grabs your interest and holds it: you're so fascinated with it that it feels almost like magic.

You may find your favorite movie or a moving piece of music spellbinding, while to your science-loving friend, the biology teacher's lecture is spellbinding. If your attention is really held by something—almost as if a magical spell is tying or binding it there—that thing is spellbinding. Spellbinding things are mesmerizing, captivating, or enchanting.

Definitions of spellbinding

adj attracting and holding interest as if by a spell

“a spellbinding description of life in ancient Rome”
hypnotic, mesmeric, mesmerizing
pleasing to the eye or mind especially through beauty or charm

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