- to hypnotize.
- to spellbind; fascinate.
- to compel by fascination.
Origin of mesmerize
Examples from the Web for mesmerizing
Even the track, a mesmerizing torch song called “Before I Ever Met You,” was only available via an obscure SoundCloud link.The Mesmerizing Mystique of BANKS
October 8, 2014
But Swinton is incapable of being anything less than mesmerizing.Welcome to Snowpiercer’s Apocalypse
June 29, 2014
And that showdown between Vee and Gloria was one of the most mesmerizing sequences ever on OITNB.‘Orange Is the New Black’ Season 2: The Finest, Funniest, and Most Terrifying Moments of Eps. 1-6
Kevin Fallon, Marlow Stern
June 12, 2014
This first-person video is mesmerizing, terrifying, and awe-inspiring.Chubby Korean Baby Dance, Goat Riding Guy Riding Bike, and More Viral Videos
The Daily Beast Video
June 1, 2014
At 28, Eleanor Catton became the youngest ever winner of the Booker Prize with her swirling, mesmerizing epic The Luminaries.Hatchet Job of the Year 2014 Shortlist Announced
January 19, 2014
Book agents seemed to have a mesmerizing effect on Miss Sally, as serpents daze birds before they devour them.Kilo
Ellis Parker Butler
He seeks his own room, falls asleep and dreams that he is before the court and that Dr. Frantz is mesmerizing him.Standard Selections
Peculiar sensations of various kinds may make patients think some one is affecting them by electricity or mesmerizing them.How to Care for the Insane
William D. Granger
It was superb, this method of mesmerizing all the simple-minded skippers and chiefs who came in the iron-ore ships to Ipsilon.Captain Macedoine's Daughter
Many of Homes admirers have declared that he possessed the power of mesmerizing certain of his friends.Hours with the Ghosts or, Nineteenth Century Witchcraft
Henry Ridgely Evans
- a former word for hypnotize
- to hold (someone) as if spellbound
Word Origin and History for mesmerizing
1829, back-formation from mesmerism. Transferred sense of "enthrall" is first attested 1862. Related: Mesmerized; mesmerizing.