mesmerize

verb mes·mer·ize \ -mə-ˌrīz \

Definition of mesmerize

mesmerized; mesmerizing
transitive verb
1 :to subject to mesmerism; also :hypnotize
2 :spellbind
  • I found myself mesmerized by the grandiosity of it all
  • —Arnold Plotnick
  • The crowd was mesmerized by the acrobats.

mesmerizer

noun

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Examples of mesmerize in a Sentence

  1. discovered that the children were mesmerized by a television show

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Experts can't agree on whether Franz Anton Mesmer (1734-1815) was a quack or a genius, but all concede that the late 18th-century physician's name is the source of the word mesmerize. In his day, Mesmer was the toast of Paris, where he enjoyed the support of notables including Queen Marie Antoinette. He treated patients with a force he termed "animal magnetism." Many believe that what he actually used was what we now call "hypnotism." Mesmer's name was first applied to a technique for inducing hypnosis by one of his students in 1784.

First Known Use of mesmerize

1829


MESMERIZE Defined for English Language Learners

mesmerize

verb

Definition of mesmerize for English Language Learners

  • : to hold the attention of (someone) entirely : to interest or amaze (someone) so much that nothing else is seen or noticed


MESMERIZE Defined for Kids

mesmerize

verb mes·mer·ize \ ˈmez-mə-ˌrīz \

Definition of mesmerize for Students

mesmerized; mesmerizing
:to hold the complete attention of :fascinate
  • The children were mesmerized by the fireworks.

Medical Dictionary

mesmerize

transitive verb mes·mer·ize
variants: or British mesmerise play \-mə-ˌrīz\

medical Definition of mesmerize

mesmerized or British mesmerised; mesmerizing or British mesmerising
:to subject to mesmerism; also :hypnotize

mesmerization

or British mesmerisation play \ˌmez-mə-ri-ˈzā-shən\ noun


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