bewitch vs mesmerize what difference

what is difference between bewitch and mesmerize

English

Etymology

From Middle English bewicchen, bewycchen, biwicchen, equivalent to be- +‎ witch.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /bəˈwɪtʃ/
  • Rhymes: -ɪtʃ

Verb

bewitch (third-person singular simple present bewitches, present participle bewitching, simple past and past participle bewitched)

  1. (transitive) To cast a spell upon.
  2. (transitive) To fascinate or charm.
    Synonym: forspeak (obsolete)
  3. (transitive) To astonish, amaze. (Can we add an example for this sense?)

Derived terms

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English

Alternative forms

  • mesmerise (UK)

Etymology

Back-formation from mesmerism, thus mesmerism +‎ -ize; first attested in 1829.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈmɛzməɹaɪz/

Verb

mesmerize (third-person singular simple present mesmerizes, present participle mesmerizing, simple past and past participle mesmerized)

  1. To exercise mesmerism on; to affect another person, such as to heal or soothe, through the use of animal magnetism.
  2. To spellbind; to enthrall.

Synonyms

  • (exercise mesmerism on): spellbind, hypnotize, enthrall, fascinate

Translations

See also

  • hypnotize

Further reading

  • mesmerize in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
  • mesmerize in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.

Portuguese

Verb

mesmerize

  1. first-person singular (eu) present subjunctive of mesmerizar
  2. third-person singular (ele and ela, also used with você and others) present subjunctive of mesmerizar
  3. third-person singular (você) affirmative imperative of mesmerizar
  4. third-person singular (você) negative imperative of mesmerizar

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