[mez-mer-ik, mes-]


produced by mesmerism; hypnotic.
compelling; fascinating.

Origin of mesmeric

First recorded in 1820–30; mesmer(ism) + -ic
Related formsmes·mer·i·cal·ly, adverbun·mes·mer·ic, adjectiveun·mes·mer·i·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for mesmeric

Contemporary Examples of mesmeric

Historical Examples of mesmeric

  • Well, tell me, does the influence outlast the mesmeric condition?

    David Elginbrod

    George MacDonald

  • But mesmeric influence, whatever it may mean, is entirely independent of sleep.

    David Elginbrod

    George MacDonald

  • His father said: “It really seems like a case of mesmeric influence.”

  • His strangeness, wildness, the mesmeric pull of his passion for her, his music!


    John Galsworthy

  • I said, when they were all in the mesmeric trance; here you are in my dime museum.

British Dictionary definitions for mesmeric



holding (someone) as if spellbound
of or relating to mesmerism
Derived Formsmesmerically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for mesmeric

"pertaining to mesmerism," 1829; see mesmerism + -ic.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper