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mesmeric

[mez-mer-ik, mes-] /mɛzˈmɛr ɪk, mɛs-/
adjective
1.
produced by mesmerism; hypnotic.
2.
compelling; fascinating.
Origin of mesmeric
1820-1830
First recorded in 1820-30; mesmer(ism) + -ic
Related forms
mesmerically, adverb
unmesmeric, adjective
unmesmerically, adverb
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  • Well, tell me, does the influence outlast the mesmeric condition?

    David Elginbrod George MacDonald
  • But mesmeric influence, whatever it may mean, is entirely independent of sleep.

    David Elginbrod George MacDonald
  • His father said: “It really seems like a case of mesmeric influence.”

    The Flight of Pony Baker W. D. Howells
  • His strangeness, wildness, the mesmeric pull of his passion for her, his music!

    Beyond John Galsworthy
  • I said, when they were all in the mesmeric trance; here you are in my dime museum.

  • Neither hypnotism nor mesmeric control are elements in true mind-healing.

    The Arena Various
  • The star held her gaze as though it possessed some mesmeric power.

    Otherwise Phyllis Meredith Nicholson
  • Knowing this, you can place any person in a mesmeric sleep, and then be able to do with him as you will.

    The Hero of the People Alexandre Dumas
  • And with a wave of the hand he began anew to plunge her into the mesmeric sleep.

    The Hero of the People Alexandre Dumas
British Dictionary definitions for mesmeric

mesmeric

/mɛzˈmɛrɪk/
adjective
1.
holding (someone) as if spellbound
2.
of or relating to mesmerism
Derived Forms
mesmerically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for mesmeric
adj.

"pertaining to mesmerism," 1829; see mesmerism + -ic.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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