mes·​mer·​ic mez-ˈmer-ik How to pronounce mesmeric (audio)
 also  mes-
: of, relating to, or induced by mesmerism
mez-ˈmer-i-k(ə-)lē How to pronounce mesmeric (audio)
 also  mes-

Examples of mesmeric in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Potent, perplexing, elephantine sounds, off-kilter noises in synchronized dysfunction, captured from the nether and woven into dense, mesmeric spells. Jonathan Rowe, SPIN, 5 June 2023 But now business is back in full flow at this pioneering yet centuries-old market of mothers in remote northeastern India, every day a mesmeric mix of vibrant colors, sounds and smells – and the positive effects for the women are priceless. Story, CNN, 23 Apr. 2023 Fifteen years later, what he’s recorded is far more spectacular: The peacock spiders’ dance is now appreciated as one of the most mesmeric and sophisticated courtship rituals in the animal kingdom. Jesse Hawley, Discover Magazine, 6 May 2021 Man-lai Liang, the former model turned event producer, is still here; so is Tony Notarberardino, the photographer whose brilliant collection of Chelsea Hotel portraits of residents, guest and staff capture the spirit of the building, in a mesmeric, otherworldly way. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, 10 Aug. 2020 Smith, teetering on a pair of custom Valentino platforms, strutted across the red carpet in similarly mesmeric form. Leah Dolan, CNN, 13 Feb. 2023 The song and its mesmeric video presented Rihanna as spiraling Black-girl royalty. Danyel Smith, New York Times, 8 Feb. 2023 But the tournament is so inherently dramatic that dull games have their own kind of mesmeric power. Jody Rosen, The New Yorker, 21 Nov. 2022 In Poitras’s film, we are granted the brief but mesmeric presence of the late artist and writer David Wojnarowicz, and see the young Goldin and her friends in snippets from underground films like Bette Gordon’s Variety. Lidija Haas, The New Republic, 20 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1829, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of mesmeric was in 1829

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“Mesmeric.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2023.

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