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[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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  • But the trial itself, however mesmerising, proved tame compared with what followed.
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  • Both frustrating and mesmerising to watch, the work evokes nomadic displacement.
  • Even if it's grey, the choppy waves can be quite mesmerising.
British Dictionary definitions for mesmerising


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 mesmerising



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

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