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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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  • The exorcist became a mesmerizer, possibly a deceived deceiver.

  • An exciting event in our village (Hannibal) was the arrival of the mesmerizer.

  • While there Worthy first discovered his powers as a mesmerizer, or magnetic physician.

    The Funny Side of Physic A. D. Crabtre
  • However, never mind those trifling incidents; my subject is the mesmerizer, now.

  • A phrenologist and a mesmerizer came—and went again and left the village duller and drearier than ever.

    The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Complete Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • Ladies and gentlemen, said the mesmerizer in soft tones, allow me for this once to proceed otherwise than in my general fashion.

    Nightmare Tales H. P. Blavatsky
  • The mesmerizer had placed himself between the Shaman and the platform, when he began slowly drumming.

    Nightmare Tales H. P. Blavatsky
  • But here, there is no mesmerizer, unless the patient can be supposed to mesmerize herself.

    A Strange Story, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
British Dictionary definitions for mesmerizer


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 mesmerizer



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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