- to hypnotize.
- to spellbind; fascinate.
- to compel by fascination.
Also especially British, mes·mer·ise.
Origin of mesmerize
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Examples from the Web for mesmerise
I shall then mesmerise myself in a manner which has become easy to me.
It is my intention, therefore, shortly to mesmerise one of my pupils.
It appeared to mesmerise him, and to render him unaware of outward things.The Green Carnation
Robert Smythe Hichens
I have had people try to mesmerise me a dozen times, and never with the least result.In the South Seas
Robert Louis Stevenson
She said he really did mesmerise her, and that she could see in her sleep.The Notting Hill Mystery
- a former word for hypnotize
- to hold (someone) as if spellbound
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Word Origin and History for mesmerise
1829, back-formation from mesmerism. Transferred sense of "enthrall" is first attested 1862. Related: Mesmerized; mesmerizing.
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