Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To spellbind; enthrall: "He could mesmerize an audience by the sheer force of his presence” ( Justin Kaplan).
  • transitive v. To hypnotize.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To exercise mesmerism on; to spellbind; to enthrall.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To bring into a state of mesmeric sleep; to hypnotize.
  • transitive v. To produce an intense fascination in; to spellbind.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To practise mesmerism upon; bring into a mesmeric state; hypnotize. Also spelled mesmerise.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. induce hypnosis in
  • v. attract strongly, as if with a magnet

Etymologies

From mesmerism +‎ -ize. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Or that the word mesmerize comes from the German hypnotist Franz Anton Mesmer?

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  • All the employees, right down to the cook, have been taught to 'mesmerize' patients to the point where they are in a state of complete anesthesia.

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  • The latter ray also allows Ultron to mesmerize and outright mind-control his victims, or implant subliminal hypnotic commands within their minds to be enacted at a later time.

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  • So it's only natural that the Republicans are looking high and low for a leader to bring them back, and right now, they'll take anybody, including a radio talk-show host with enough lung power to mesmerize the masses and enough ego to think that he could actually wrestle the spotlight away from a very popular president.

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  • These poor kids are … learning from each other that their worth (in the eyes of the opposite sex) is found solely in the skin they expose and how they physically mesmerize the other.

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  • ESPN's famous hype can't always mesmerize — recall the fates of Cold Pizza, Arena Football, Stephen A. Smith and ESPNHollywood — but it can always pound away.

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  • "The perfidy and mendacity that follow mesmerize as much as they ring true."

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  • But as the controversy continues to mesmerize and roil the cyber miasma, I have come to another conclusion that I believe is worth tossing into the cauldron apologies for mixing my metaphors.

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  • Not only is she an Arab-American, but she could mesmerize the Israelis and Arabs into a peace deal. nbt Says:

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  • Ahab hammers it in during the movie's most magnificent scene, in which the captain makes his personal mission known with Shakespearean prose and a Svengaliesque passion that mesmerize the crew.

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  • For an excellent story about Anton Mesmer, mesmerization, "animal magnetism", and controlled clinical trials (of a sort), see RadioLab's show on placebos, December 2009.

    January 12, 2012

  • cool

    December 30, 2009

  • Named for Franz Mesmer, early hypnotism researcher.

    November 19, 2009