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mesmerize

[mez-muh-rahyz, mes-]
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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Examples from the Web for mesmerising

Historical Examples

  • 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

    R.M. Ballantyne

  • 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.


British Dictionary definitions for mesmerising

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 mesmerising

mesmerize

v.

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

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