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[ mez-muh-rahyzd, mes ]


  1. in a hypnotic or trancelike state; hypnotized:

    “I could create the odor of any kind of fruit and make a mesmerized person taste and smell it,” wrote 19th-century psychic Phineas Quimby.

  2. having the attention completely absorbed; fascinated, captivated, or spellbound:

    At our first annual poetry slam, 28 students wielded their verbal prowess in front of a mesmerized audience of over 300.


  1. the simple past tense and past participle of mesmerize.

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  • un·mes·mer·ized adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of mesmerized1

First recorded in 1825–35; mesmerize ( def ) + -ed 2( def ) for the adjective senses; mesmerize ( def ) + -ed 1( def ) for the verb sense

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Example Sentences

Just like Jackson, the impersonators mesmerized their audiences with their performances.

I was actually happy in a way, because she was ready, but I remember just being mesmerized watching it.

The media are gushing over Bill Clinton after being mesmerized by Michelle Obama.

Watching the video,” Klaidman writes, “Holder was both mesmerized and repulsed.

I had been mesmerized all my life by her tales of love, war, and escape that played out like a movie before my eyes.

Davy Lannarck, who had spent his adult life in facing the public, now knew that he had 'em mesmerized.

Both men and women were completely absorbed in his story, they seemed to be mesmerized by the earnestness of his manner.

When a girl she was easily mesmerized and always took everything that was going, diseases and all.

Yasmini made her little mistake that minute in believing King was utterly mesmerized at last and utterly in her power.

Mesmerized subjects do not see the objects or people in the room, or hear any noise whatever except the voice of the operator.