- 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 mesmerizer
Peter Travers of Rolling Stone also shared his approval, referring to Berry as “a mesmerizer who makes every moment count.”What the Hell Happened to Halle Berry’s ‘Frankie & Alice’?
April 1, 2014
The exorcist became a mesmerizer, possibly a deceived deceiver.Superstition in Medicine
An exciting event in our village (Hannibal) was the arrival of the mesmerizer.
While there Worthy first discovered his powers as a mesmerizer, or magnetic physician.The Funny Side of Physic
A. D. Crabtre
However, never mind those trifling incidents; my subject is the mesmerizer, now.
A phrenologist and a mesmerizer came—and went again and left the village duller and drearier than ever.The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Complete
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
- a former word for hypnotize
- to hold (someone) as if spellbound
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Word Origin and History for mesmerizer
1829, back-formation from mesmerism. Transferred sense of "enthrall" is first attested 1862. Related: Mesmerized; mesmerizing.
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