- to hypnotize.
- to spellbind; fascinate.
- to compel by fascination.
Also especially British, mes·mer·ise.
Origin of mesmerize
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Examples from the Web for mesmerising
There we might remain a long time, planted round him like trees, for he was a mesmerising talker.A Window in Thrums
J. M. Barrie
Well, one day the shoemaker offered to amuse the Sultan by mesmerising his guards.The Pirate City
Whiggism, by its tricks, was mesmerising the common sense of the country.
Well, of course the Baron was in a great hurry, and we went to work at once with the mesmerising.The Notting Hill Mystery
- a former word for hypnotize
- to hold (someone) as if spellbound
Word Origin and History for mesmerising
1829, back-formation from mesmerism. Transferred sense of "enthrall" is first attested 1862. Related: Mesmerized; mesmerizing.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper