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Hello. I would like to ask one question here on the words 'captivate', 'fascinate' and 'enthrall'. I have checked the meaning and three of them have slightly the same meanings. So can I anyone help to differentiate and the right usage of these words?. Thank You.
While they can often be used interchangeably, I would tend to use them as follows:
If something is intellectually or artistically stimulating I would call it fascinating. If it is especially so, I would say it is captivating or even enthralling.
On the other hand, a gorgeous sunset (or a beautiful woman) might be captivating but not necessarily fascinating.
I would reserve enthralling for an exceptionally powerful experience that leaves me in a state of wonder and awe. A book might be fascinating but it is not likely to be enthralling.
But surely there are some writers among us -- including fiction writers! -- who have more experience of the nuances of these three most enchanting, if not entrancing, words.