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or (especially British) mesmerise

[mez-muh-rahyz, mes-] /ˈmɛz məˌraɪz, ˈmɛs-/
verb (used with object), mesmerized, mesmerizing.
to hypnotize.
to spellbind; fascinate.
to compel by fascination.
Origin of mesmerize
1820-30; mesmer(ism) + -ize
Related forms
mesmerization, noun
mesmerizer, noun
unmesmerized, adjective Unabridged
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  • His muscles seemed benumbed, as the huge head swayed from side to side and mesmerised him with its uncanny power.

    The Elephant God Gordon Casserly
  • Are they bewitched, mesmerised by the ugly face of the toad?

    Jungle Folk Douglas Dewar
  • Why, mesmerised the mesmeriser—I suppose that is the best way of describing the transaction.

  • As I look upon it I am drawn into it, mesmerised and rendered clairvoyant.

    Where Art Begins Hume Nisbet
  • From all this glare and sound, hurry and bustle of life, you pass into the interior and at once are charmed, mesmerised.

    Glories of Spain Charles W. Wood
  • Had they mesmerised him, so that he did not want to part with them?

    The Black Opal Katharine Susannah Prichard
  • A mesmerised looking taxi-cab, crawling along on the opposite side of the way, fortunately caught his eye.

    The Man Who Lost Himself H. De Vere Stacpoole
  • Domini felt as if she, like the scorpions, had been mesmerised.

    The Garden Of Allah Robert Hichens
  • The captain remained as he was, his hands up, his mouth open: mesmerised with fury.

  • His eyes fixed on the sideboard as if he were mesmerised by the cruets.

    A Bed of Roses W. L. George
British Dictionary definitions for mesmerised


verb (transitive)
a former word for hypnotize
to hold (someone) as if spellbound
Derived Forms
mesmerization, mesmerisation, noun
mesmerizer, mesmeriser, noun
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Word Origin and History for mesmerised



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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