[mez-muh-rahyz, mes-]

verb (used with object), mes·mer·ized, mes·mer·iz·ing.

to hypnotize.
to spellbind; fascinate.
to compel by fascination.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of mesmerizing

Historical Examples of mesmerizing

  • Book agents seemed to have a mesmerizing effect on Miss Sally, as serpents daze birds before they devour them.


    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.

  • 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.

  • Many of Homes admirers have declared that he possessed the power of mesmerizing certain of his friends.

British Dictionary definitions for mesmerizing



verb (tr)

a former word for hypnotize
to hold (someone) as if spellbound
Derived Formsmesmerization or mesmerisation, nounmesmerizer or mesmeriser, noun
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Word Origin and History for mesmerizing



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper