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[mez-mer-ik, mes-] /mɛzˈmɛr ɪk, mɛs-/
produced by mesmerism; hypnotic.
compelling; fascinating.
Origin of mesmeric
First recorded in 1820-30; mesmer(ism) + -ic
Related forms
mesmerically, adverb
unmesmeric, adjective
unmesmerically, adverb Unabridged
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  • Oh, she thought she had mentioned that; he was a mesmeric healer, he made miraculous cures.

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

    The Arena Various
  • This remark he heard dropped in a low tone by the mesmeric healer; "in report" was apparently Tarrant's version of en rapport.

  • And with a wave of the hand he began anew to plunge her into the mesmeric sleep.

    The Hero of the People Alexandre Dumas
  • His father said: “It really seems like a case of mesmeric influence.”

    The Flight of Pony Baker W. D. Howells
  • 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
  • There seemed to be a sort of magical or mesmeric attraction for the flies to his lump.

  • Nevertheless, in her mesmeric sleep, she is submissive as you are.

    The Mesmerist's Victim Alexandre Dumas
  • But having taken advantage of Andrea while she was powerless under the influence of a mesmeric sleep, he fled the country.

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


holding (someone) as if spellbound
of or relating to mesmerism
Derived Forms
mesmerically, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for mesmeric

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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