- 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 mesmerised
Four-and-thirty times you have mesmerised me, and what have I got from all this?The Captain of the Pole-Star and Other Tales
Arthur Conan Doyle
Philip got up, too, feeling somehow as if he had been mesmerised.The Angel of Pain
E. F. Benson
Are they bewitched, mesmerised by the ugly face of the toad?Jungle Folk
As I look upon it I am drawn into it, mesmerised and rendered clairvoyant.Where Art Begins
Had they mesmerised him, so that he did not want to part with them?The Black Opal
Katharine Susannah Prichard
- a former word for hypnotize
- to hold (someone) as if spellbound
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Word Origin and History for mesmerised
1829, back-formation from mesmerism. Transferred sense of "enthrall" is first attested 1862. Related: Mesmerized; mesmerizing.
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