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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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  • 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


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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