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[mez-muh-rahyz, mes-]
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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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  • He felt as if he had been mesmerized; as if he could neither move nor speak.

    The Borough Treasurer

    Joseph Smith Fletcher

  • She could not proceed, mesmerized as she seemed to be under that awful gaze.

    The Silver Lining

    John Roussel

  • How would you know that you were mesmerized, and how would you help yourself?

    A Little Union Scout

    Joel Chandler Harris

  • He mesmerized numbers of the boys, and made them do or think whatever he said.

    A Boy's Town

    W. D. Howells

  • There lay the magic of his power over Mr. Spokesly's mesmerized soul.


    William McFee

British Dictionary definitions for mesmerized



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 mesmerized



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

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