mes·​mer·​ic | \ mez-ˈmer-ik How to pronounce mesmeric (audio) also mes- \

Definition of mesmeric

1 : of, relating to, or induced by mesmerism

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Other Words from mesmeric

mesmerically \ mez-​ˈmer-​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce mesmeric (audio) also  mes-​ \ adverb

Examples of mesmeric in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Yet the story of the mesmeric sound began almost a century ago, in Jerusalem. The Economist, "Ethio-jazz is a product of migration and heroic ingenuity," 30 Dec. 2020 Many country-blues songs already have a mesmeric, almost ghostly quality; Reed adds dissonance and drone, turning the song into a meandering dirge. Amanda Petrusich, The New Yorker, "Harry Smith’s Musical Catalogue of Human Experience," 28 Sep. 2020 The characters and story are engaging, and the production has a dreamy but vivid feel that hints at Lovecraft’s mesmeric quality while avoiding his florid excesses. Mike Hale, New York Times, "‘Lovecraft Country’ Review: Nightmare on Jim Crow Street," 13 Aug. 2020 Dylan’s vocal phrasing, always careful, felt particularly mesmeric. Amanda Petrusich, The New Yorker, "Bob Dylan’s “Rough and Rowdy Ways” Hits Hard," 17 June 2020 Cutting on rhythm to a Philip Glass score, Morgen gives her experiences a mesmeric charge. Scott Tobias, New York Times, "12 Family-Friendly Nature Documentaries," 1 Apr. 2020 Most of Kraftwerk’s songs relied heavily on drum machines and centered around repetitive, sometimes mesmeric beats. Amanda Petrusich, The New Yorker, "Florian Schneider-Esleben, of Kraftwerk, Took Music to Uncharted Territory," 6 May 2020 On TikTok, creators strive to stand out, generating content of the mesmeric sort. Jason Parham, Wired, "The Rise and Limits of Hashtag TV," 18 Apr. 2020 For the young newcomer, Bruegel’s tableaux of 16th-century peasants roistering, resting and hunting in the snow can be as mesmeric and thrilling as the landscapes rich with religious and allegorical symbolism. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, "Children’s Books: Realism, Weirdness, Skeletons and Monsters," 21 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of mesmeric

1829, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Mesmeric.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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