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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Definitions for mesmerize

  1. To spellbind; fascinate.
  2. To hypnotize.
  3. To compel by fascination.

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Citations for mesmerize
What a joy it was to mesmerize his audience, delight them, sell them the medicine, trick them. Jeffery Deaver, The Vanished Man
“This gentleman," said Fraisier, darting at Schmucke one of those poisonous glances wherewith he was wont to mesmerize his victims, just as a spider mesmerizes a fly... Honoré de Balzac, The Human Comedy
Origin of mesmerize
1820-1830
Mesmerize is an eponym from Franz Anton Mesmer (1734-1815), an Austrian physician who developed a theory of animal magnetism and a mysterious body fluid which allows one person to hypnotize another.