- to hypnotize.
- to spellbind; fascinate.
- to compel by fascination.
Origin of mesmerize
Examples from the Web for mesmerization
Historical Examples of mesmerization
Such was the Eastern mode of mesmerization as practised among the dervishes.
It is more appropriate to this wild place, and far more effective as you will find, than our European method of mesmerization.
Various attempts at mesmerization were made, but without success.
- a former word for hypnotize
- to hold (someone) as if spellbound
Word Origin and History for mesmerization
1829, back-formation from mesmerism. Transferred sense of "enthrall" is first attested 1862. Related: Mesmerized; mesmerizing.