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mesmerize

or (especially British) mesmerise

[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.
Origin of mesmerize
1820-1830
1820-30; mesmer(ism) + -ize
Related forms
mesmerization, noun
mesmerizer, noun
unmesmerized, adjective
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  • But others were crying, and one or two were steadfastly regarding the speaker, as if he had mesmerized them.

  • He felt as if he had been mesmerized; as if he could neither move nor speak.

    The Borough Treasurer Joseph Smith Fletcher
  • Flowers blinked again, mesmerized by the other's new domineering personality.

    Subversive Dallas McCord Reynolds
  • She could not proceed, mesmerized as she seemed to be under that awful gaze.

    The Silver Lining John Roussel
  • Clearly she was mesmerized, but was the tribute admiration or hostility?

    Unleavened Bread Robert Grant
British Dictionary definitions for mesmerized

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 mesmerized

mesmerize

v.

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

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