Friday, October 27, 2006
WORD DAY: Mesmerize
–verb (used with object), -ized, -iz‧ing.
[Origin: 1820–30; MESMER(ISM) + -IZE]
Synonyms: allure, beguile, bewitch, charm, dazzle, delight, draw, enamour, enchant, enrapture, enslave, ensnare, entertain, enthrall, entrance, fascinate, gratify, grip, hold, hook, hypnotize, infatuate, intrigue, lure, magnetize, mesmerize, please, rope in*, seduce, spellbind, take, vamp, wile, win
Antonyms: disillusion, offend, repel, repulse, turn off
The word derives from the 18-century practise by the Viennese physician called Franz Anton Mesmer who postulated the theory of animal magnetism.