mesmerize

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Back-formation from mesmerism, thus mesmerism +‎ -ize; first attested in 1829.

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mesmerize (third-person singular simple present mesmerizes, present participle mesmerizing, simple past and past participle mesmerized)

  1. To exercise mesmerism on; to spellbind; to enthrall.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 4, Mr. Pratt's Patients:
      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.
    She mesmerized the audience with her tricks

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Last modified on 2 April 2014, at 00:18