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

Definition of mesmeric

1 : of, relating to, or induced by mesmerism

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 Recounted in prose of mesmeric intensity, Almeyda’s travels are both pungently atmospheric—steeped in the smells and textures of the time—and mythological, filled with symbols and parable-like encounters. Sam Sacks, WSJ, 17 Dec. 2021 When the show debuted in the summer of 2019, the mesmeric makeup in the first season captured the attention of Gen Z viewers in particular. Leah Dolan, CNN, 17 Nov. 2021 The longer the repetition goes on, the stronger its mesmeric force. New York Times, 26 May 2021 By profiling individuals who’ve extricated themselves from gang warfare in Chicago and the civil war in Colombia, the author reveals how a shift in thought can snap the mesmeric pull of high conflict. Monitor Reviewers, The Christian Science Monitor, 19 May 2021 At a performance by a Japanese D.J., Ms. Abdulhadi discovered techno, a form of electronic dance music in which D.J.s typically create intense and mesmeric soundscapes. New York Times, 5 Mar. 2021 Etran de L’Aïr, from central Niger, plays giddy and mesmeric rock songs; the band began as a trio of brothers, but these days there might be as many as nine family members involved. Amanda Petrusich, The New Yorker, 27 Nov. 2020 But the films that featured their derring-do and mesmeric skills were produced only a few times a year. Bill Pennington, New York Times, 3 Jan. 2021 Yet the story of the mesmeric sound began almost a century ago, in Jerusalem. The Economist, 30 Dec. 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 20 Jan. 2022.

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