1. to subject to mesmerism; also : hypnotize;
1. Moviegoers will find themselves mesmerized by the visual intricacy and frenetic pacing of the animated sequence that opens the movie.
2. “In 2008, Democrats had a 47-year-old candidate who mesmerized the party and ran away with the votes of Americans aged 18 to 29.” — Byron York, Daily Review (Morgan City, Louisiana), April 30, 2015.
Did You Know?
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.