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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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  • He felt as if he had been mesmerized; as if he could neither move nor speak.

    The Borough Treasurer Joseph Smith Fletcher
  • She could not proceed, mesmerized as she seemed to be under that awful gaze.

    The Silver Lining John Roussel
  • How would you know that you were mesmerized, and how would you help yourself?

    A Little Union Scout Joel Chandler Harris
  • He mesmerized numbers of the boys, and made them do or think whatever he said.

    A Boy's Town W. D. Howells
  • There lay the magic of his power over Mr. Spokesly's mesmerized soul.

    Command William McFee
British Dictionary definitions for mesmerized


verb (transitive)
a former word for hypnotize
to hold (someone) as if spellbound
Derived Forms
mesmerization, mesmerisation, noun
mesmerizer, mesmeriser, noun
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Word Origin and History for mesmerized



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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