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mesmerize

[mez-muh-rahyz, mes-] /ˈmɛz məˌraɪz, ˈmɛs-/
verb (used with object), mesmerized, mesmerizing.
1.
to hypnotize.
2.
to spellbind; fascinate.
3.
to compel by fascination.
Also, especially British, mesmerise.
Origin of mesmerize
1820-1830
First recorded in 1820-30; mesmer(ism) + -ize
Related forms
mesmerization, noun
mesmerizer, noun
unmesmerized, adjective
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  • Book agents seemed to have a mesmerizing effect on Miss Sally, as serpents daze birds before they devour them.

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  • He seeks his own room, falls asleep and dreams that he is before the court and that Dr. Frantz is mesmerizing him.

  • Peculiar sensations of various kinds may make patients think some one is affecting them by electricity or mesmerizing them.

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  • It was superb, this method of mesmerizing all the simple-minded skippers and chiefs who came in the iron-ore ships to Ipsilon.

  • Many of Homes admirers have declared that he possessed the power of mesmerizing certain of his friends.

British Dictionary definitions for mesmerizing

mesmerize

/ˈmɛzməˌraɪz/
verb (transitive)
1.
a former word for hypnotize
2.
to hold (someone) as if spellbound
Derived Forms
mesmerization, mesmerisation, noun
mesmerizer, mesmeriser, noun
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Word Origin and History for mesmerizing

mesmerize

v.

1829, back-formation from mesmerism. Transferred sense of "enthrall" is first attested 1862. Related: Mesmerized; mesmerizing.

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