Incredible vs Mesmerize - What's the difference?

incredible | mesmerize |

As an adjective incredible

is incredible.

As a verb mesmerize is

to exercise mesmerism on; to spellbind; to enthrall.




(en adjective)
  • Too implausible to be credible; beyond belief; unbelievable.
  • * 1980 September 16, (w), quoted in William A. Schwartz et al., The Nuclear Seduction: Why the Arms Race Doesn’t Matter—And What Does , University of California Press (1990, 1993), ISBN 0-520-06134-9, page 29:
  • I get lost in what is credible and not credible. This whole thing gets so incredible when you consider wiping out whole nations, it is difficult to establish credibility.
  • * 2009 , (Diarmaid MacCulloch), A History of Christianity , Penguin 2010, page 796:
  • He therefore found revealed religion incredible in a literal sense, and, as Bayle had done before him, he radically separated morality from the practice of organized religion.
  • Amazing; astonishing; awe-inspiring.
  • He was so wrapped up in watching the incredible special effects that he couldn't keep track of the story.
  • Marvelous; profoundly affecting; wonderful.
  • I had such an incredible slice of pizza last night that I simply can't think about anything else.


    * unbelievable



    Alternative forms

    * mesmerise (UK)


  • To exercise mesmerism on; to spellbind; to enthrall.
  • * , chapter=4
  • , title= Mr. Pratt's Patients , passage=Then he commenced to talk, really talk. and inside of two flaps of a herring's fin he had me mesmerized , like Eben Holt's boy at the town hall show. He talked about the ills of humanity, and the glories of health and Nature and service and land knows what all.}}


    * (exercise mesmerism on) spellbind, hypnotize, enthrall

    See also

    * hypnotize