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[mez-muh-rahyz, mes-] /ˈmɛz məˌraɪz, ˈmɛs-/
verb (used with object), mesmerized, mesmerizing.
to hypnotize.
to spellbind; fascinate.
to compel by fascination.
Also, especially British, mesmerise.
Origin of mesmerize
First recorded in 1820-30; mesmer(ism) + -ize
Related forms
mesmerization, noun
mesmerizer, noun
unmesmerized, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for mesmerised
Historical Examples
  • Four-and-thirty times you have mesmerised me, and what have I got from all this?

  • 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 Douglas Dewar
  • As I look upon it I am drawn into it, mesmerised and rendered clairvoyant.

    Where Art Begins Hume Nisbet
  • Had they mesmerised him, so that he did not want to part with them?

    The Black Opal

    Katharine Susannah Prichard
  • Domini felt as if she, like the scorpions, had been mesmerised.

    The Garden Of Allah Robert Hichens
  • Yet, no; I feel I am not mesmerised, and you are to be trusted.

    Glories of Spain Charles W. Wood
  • His eyes fixed on the sideboard as if he were mesmerised by the cruets.

    A Bed of Roses W. L. George
  • Rachel, on the contrary, seemed to have been mesmerised into temporary lifelessness.

  • There is no reason to imagine that ‘mesmerised’ is different from ordinary water.

British Dictionary definitions for mesmerised


verb (transitive)
a former word for hypnotize
to hold (someone) as if spellbound
Derived Forms
mesmerization, mesmerisation, noun
mesmerizer, mesmeriser, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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