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mes·mer·ize

(mes'mer-īz),
Obsolete term for hypnotize.
[see mesmerism]
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mesmerize

(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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Besides, as soon as the eye fixed on any o ne piece, mesmerization was apt to set in, and all surroundings, including the continuously milling crowds, went away.
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