what is difference between bewitch and mesmerize
From Middle English bewicchen, bewycchen, biwicchen, equivalent to be- + witch.
- IPA(key): /bəˈwɪtʃ/
- Rhymes: -ɪtʃ
bewitch (third-person singular simple present bewitches, present participle bewitching, simple past and past participle bewitched)
- (transitive) To cast a spell upon.
- (transitive) To fascinate or charm.
- Synonym: forspeak (obsolete)
- (transitive) To astonish, amaze. (Can we add an example for this sense?)
- mesmerise (UK)
Back-formation from mesmerism, thus mesmerism + -ize; first attested in 1829.
- IPA(key): /ˈmɛzməɹaɪz/
mesmerize (third-person singular simple present mesmerizes, present participle mesmerizing, simple past and past participle mesmerized)
- To exercise mesmerism on; to affect another person, such as to heal or soothe, through the use of animal magnetism.
- To spellbind; to enthrall.
- (exercise mesmerism on): spellbind, hypnotize, enthrall, fascinate
- mesmerize in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- mesmerize in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
- first-person singular (eu) present subjunctive of mesmerizar
- third-person singular (ele and ela, also used with você and others) present subjunctive of mesmerizar
- third-person singular (você) affirmative imperative of mesmerizar
- third-person singular (você) negative imperative of mesmerizar