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Obsolete term for hypnotize.
[see mesmerism]


(mĕz′mə-rīz′, mĕs′-)
tr.v. mesmer·ized, mesmer·izing, mesmer·izes
1. To spellbind; enthrall: "The dance was subtle ... but at the same time it was sensual, and it mesmerized him" (Robert Rosenberg).
2. To hypnotize.

mes′mer·i·za′tion (-mər-ĭ-zā′shən) n.
mes′mer·iz′er n.
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The precept of inferiority legitimized slavery and justified segregation, he contends, and to this day, he writes, "the premise of black inferiority and white superiority remains an essential element of the 'American identity,' mesmerized as we still are by race and color.
Our goal with the Ford film is to immerse and captivate the viewers, allowing them to momentarily step out of the hectic reality of the convention and feel mesmerized by the powerful story of this cultural icon.
The kids were in awe, they were mesmerized, and I was mesmerized and I'd seen him before, and it was like a magic moment.
She and Bradley mesmerized the audience with their darkly romantic pas de deux.
The hand-crafted illusions and ephemera that have mesmerized the world for generations have been a source of great pride for the Blackstone family.
As Heredia approached her, she rose as though mesmerized by his voice and began to shift her heavily ruffled bata into sumptuous spirals.
From Gone with the Wind to Saving Private Ryan, movies have mesmerized us, played on our emotions and transported us to worlds far, far away.
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As someone who has gone from being bewildered to being mesmerized by Bausch's art, I cannot say I found any of these superlatives accurate.