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mesmerize

[mez-muh-rahyz, mes-]
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verb (used with object), mes·mer·ized, mes·mer·iz·ing.
  1. to hypnotize.
  2. to spellbind; fascinate.
  3. to compel by fascination.
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Also especially British, mes·mer·ise.

Origin of mesmerize

First recorded in 1820–30; mesmer(ism) + -ize
Related formsmes·mer·i·za·tion, nounmes·mer·iz·er, nounun·mes·mer·ized, adjective
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  • Book agents seemed to have a mesmerizing effect on Miss Sally, as serpents daze birds before they devour them.

    Kilo

    Ellis Parker Butler

  • He seeks his own room, falls asleep and dreams that he is before the court and that Dr. Frantz is mesmerizing him.

  • Peculiar sensations of various kinds may make patients think some one is affecting them by electricity or mesmerizing them.

    How to Care for the Insane

    William D. Granger

  • It was superb, this method of mesmerizing all the simple-minded skippers and chiefs who came in the iron-ore ships to Ipsilon.

  • Many of Homes admirers have declared that he possessed the power of mesmerizing certain of his friends.


British Dictionary definitions for mesmerizing

mesmerize

mesmerise

verb (tr)
  1. a former word for hypnotize
  2. to hold (someone) as if spellbound
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Derived Formsmesmerization or mesmerisation, nounmesmerizer or mesmeriser, noun
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Word Origin and History for mesmerizing

mesmerize

v.

1829, back-formation from mesmerism. Transferred sense of "enthrall" is first attested 1862. Related: Mesmerized; mesmerizing.

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